an intensive hailstorm which lasted for more than 10 minutes wreaked havoc in many villages of Langate and Handwara areas causing extensive damage to apple orchards on Wednesday afternoon.
Villages that witnessed the hailstorm include Haril ShiekhPora , Monabal, Mawer and Rajwar , Handwara .
A resident of Rajwar village Ghulam Hassan told this reporter that a strong hailstorm, which started at 5pm continued for about 10 minutes resulting in heavy damage to crops like apple, walnuts and other fruits.
"This year, we were expecting a good crop as our orchards seemed to be abundant with apples, but the hailstorm have not only dashed our hopes, but also left the orchardists in desperation," said another resident of Haril village in Langate area, Mushtaq Ahmad . He urged the government to help them as they had suffered huge losses for the past many years.