Hailstorm damages vegetable crop, apple orchards in Sopore

Hailstorm wreaks havoc in Magam area of central Kashmir's Budgam

Heavy rains and hailstorm wreaked havoc in many villages of Sopore on Thursday evening.

Reports of damage to vegetable crop and apple orchards, which are in flowering season, from the hailstorm in Sopore, Zaingeer and other parts of the district Baramulla.

The orchardists in the district told that the brief hailstorm caused damage to vegetable crops and other fruits. “This year, we expected a good crop as our orchards seemed to be abundant in apples, but the hail storms have not only dashed our hopes, but also left the orchardists in desperation,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, a farmer of Sopore.

Meanwhile farmers have appealed the authorities to compensate the loss.