Mushtaq -ul-Hassan

Hailstorm damages cherry, apple orchards in Tangmarg

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Srinagar: Several villages in north Kashmir’s Tangmarg area were hit by heavy hailstorm on Friday afternoon damaging the crops.

Reports said that heavy hailstorm hit Mahayan, Ferozpora, Chack, Treran, Karipora, Qazipora, Sharai and several other villages of the area damaging cherry and apple trees.

The hails also hit the vegetables.

Locals said that the cherry and apple orchards have suffered more than 60% loses.

Meanwhile, former MLA Gulmarg and Apni Party Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir on Friday expressed concern over the huge loss suffered by orchardists due to the hailstorm in several villages of Tangmarg.

Mir in a statement to the press called upon the district administration to provide compensation to the orchardists who lost their apple and cherry crop due to the natural catastrophe thus affecting their source of livelihood.

Demanding compensation for the orchardists, Mir said that the team needs to be sent on ground to take account of the situation and ensure immediate help to the affected group.

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