The twenty minute-long storm wreaked havoc in many villages of sopore town, including Achabal, Hadipora, Reban, Nowpora, Noor Bagh Sopore, Model town, Doabgha, Syed Pora, Seelo, Hib Dangerpora and Chatlora.
Strong hailstrom caused huge damage to crops and vegetable in north Kashmir, leaving farmers in distress over expected losses.
Expressing their sorrow, farmers said to Kashmir Despatch that they have invested huge amount of money for sowing high yielding vegetable seeds, but the hailstorm destroyed their entire fields they added.
The ochardists in the district told Kashmir Despatch that the brief hailstorm caused damage to crops like apple, vegetables 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 Mohammed Rafi , a resident of Reaban Nowpora to Kashmir Despatch.
Meanwhile Farmers have appealed the authorities to compensate the loss.
2015 Kashmir Despatch