PULWAMA Rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the Pulwama and Budgam districts on Friday, devastating apple and other crops besides vegetables.
Reports said that a fierce storm battered the south and central Kashmir districts with hail, decimating orchards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.
Reports said hailstorm battered Rajpora, Lassipora, Murran, Rahmoo Awantipora and Tral areas of Pulwama district and destroyed apple and almost orchards
Reports said rains and gusty winds created panic in the area as many trees were uprooted in various villages, plunging them into darkness.
Similarly, reports of damage to the crops were received from Kellar area of Shopian and Pakhperpora, Charipora, Hardu Dalwan, Futlipora, Zenpanchal, Ken Dajan areas of Budgam district in central Kashmir.
Near Babagund village in Pulwama, a tree fell on 11000-KV transmissions line, plunging most of the Pulwama district into darkness.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Syed Abid Rasheed said that official teams are already on ground to assess the situation and estimate the loss.
Men and machinery are on ground for restoration of affected roads and electricity. All teams deployed for restoration. Fighting natures fury. Damage assessment of horticulture and agriculture crops will start tomorrow, he said.
He confirmed that initial reports suggesting that there has been a wide range of damage to horticulture and agriculture crops besides road and other infrastructure.
He, however, said that there have been no reports hitherto regarding injury to any person. He said that after the assessment, due compensation will be provided to the farmers.