Heavy rains, hailstorm wreak havoc in Bandipora

'The hailstorm almost continued for twenty minutes damaging fruit orchards including apple'
Hailstorm in Bandipora damages crops
Hailstorm in Bandipora damages crops

Bandipora, June 02: Heavy rains accompanied by hails wreaked havoc in north Kashmir's Bandipora on Friday.

Locals said that the weather changed towards late afternoon with thunderstorms and heavy rain lashing various parts of the district. The rains were also accompanied by bouts of hailstorm which potentially devastated crops in the area, orchardists said. 

They said hails and heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of the main town, Aloosa, Kehenusa, Papchan, Ashentengoo, Gamroo, Quil Muqam, Malangam, Binlipora and other parts.

Orchardist Rafiq Ahamd from Quil said that the hail almost continued for twenty minutes and it has damaged crops mostly apple which is very small in size at this time of the season.

Locals in plains and other peripheral town areas said the drains overflowed due to the heavy rains. 

Officials said they were estimating damages to the crop in the district due to the hailstorm. 

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