Srinagar- Gusty winds, hailstorm and a cloudburst on Monday left at least four people, including a mother and her two sons from Uttar Pradesh dead, besides causing large-scale destruction to apple orchards, crops and standing crops in Kashmir Valley.
45-year-old Boori Begum and her two sons, Mohammad Rayees and Kaiser Mansoori were killed on Monday afternoon after a cloudburst hit a brick kiln in Chandpora village of Budgam district, officials said. Hailing from Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, the mother and her sons were working as labourers at the brick kiln.
Their bodies were taken to the district hospital Budgam for carrying out necessary medico-legal formalities.
In South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a woman identified as Meenu Jan was killed after she was hit by a tin sheet during heavy windstorm near a petrol pump in Batengo area along the Srinagar-Jammu highway, officials said.
In Ganderbal district, they said, a 25-year-old woman sustained injuries after a rooftop of a guard room at Ziyarat Shah Sadiq Qalandar Lar was damaged due to strong winds.
The woman identified as Shakeela Bano was removed to the primary health centre (PHC) Lar for treatment. However, the doctors there referred her to SK Institute of medical sciences here for advanced treatment.
Meanwhile, the gusty winds accompanied by isolated showers and hailstorm caused damage to orchards, residential houses, vehicles and uprooted trees in various parts of the Valley.
Reports said that dozens of residential houses got damaged while trees were uprooted due to strong winds in several areas of Bandipora, Sopore, Anantnag, Shopian and Srinagar parts. Reports of widespread damage to orchards and crops have also been received.
In Watapora area of Bandipora, the gusty winds damaged rooftop of a residential house. Similarly, In Sangrama, Sopore, and in some Srinagar areas, the roofs were blown off and trees uprooted due to heavy windstorm.
Moreover, In Pattan area of Baramulla, two vehicles (JK04E 5070 Swift) and (JK014 7635 Alto) got damaged after a tree fell on them. (With agency inputs)
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