Reyaz Rashid

Heavy hailstorm hammers down fruits, vegetables crops in Baramulla district

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Baramulla: Amid rains heavy heavy hailstorm hits north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday afternoon inflicting large-scale damage to fruits industry by hammering down blossoming

apple orchards, vegetable fields and other fruits.

The fruit industry suffered another jolt when speedy hailstorm lashed horticulture rich areas of Baramulla district and badly damaged fruit orchards in different parts leaving the farmer community high and dry

“Hammering relentlessly for about 5 to 10 minutes in many areas, the hailstorm left about  a layer of white icy stones on the ground. Blossoming fruit orchards and vegetables suffered extensive damage due to the storm,” said Showkat Ahmed, an orchardist.

The worst hit areas include Baramulla, Hajibal, Rafiabad, Kahispora, Magam, Kanispora, Sangrama, Watergam, Dangiwacha, Ladoora, Mazbugh, Hadipora, Tangmarg, Wagoora, Kreeri, Sopore, Rohama and Pattan and other areas.

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