Heavy hailstorm has caused extensive damages to almost ripe crops and damaged fruit bearing tress–particularly apple variety and walnuts–in Ahrabal, Tangmarg, Guzarbal and its adjoining areas in south Kashmir's Kulgam district.
Locals and witnesses said that the hail stones rained for more than 20 minutes in the area causing extensive damage to the crops- particularly Apples, Walnuts and Maize.
Locals said that they have never witnessed such a huge damage to the horticulture in the area. "Orchard in the area lost nearly its entire crop for this year after this hailstorm," locals said.
Abdul Majeed Magray, a local fruit grower told Greater Kashmir that the devastating hailstorm decimated almost ripe apples and the growers have started collection of their crop from ground rather than plucking it from trees. "The fruit bearing tree branches are on ground, as they couldn't bear the massive hailstorm," he said.