Devastating Hailstorm destroys apple-bloom in Handwara, India
A devastating hailstorm today hit eight villages of north Kashmir Kupwara district damaging the apple bloom in the area.
Reports from Kupwara said that fruit industry has incurred losses of crores of rupees due to today’s hailstorm.
The worst hit areas according to the reports are Kachiewara, Machipora, Bhedhera, Nagranada, Wadipora and Bakhiaker.
“We were expecting a huge turnover this year,” said Ab Rasheed of Bakhiaker village.
“The effect of the devastation will be deeply felt
by the formers,” he added.
“It is a blow for us and we hope there would be timely help from the authorities,” said a locals.
Chief Horticulture Officer Maqbool Rather told Rising Kashmir that his department has assessed the situation and the reports will be filed in the coming days indicating the scale of the losses incurred due to the hailstorm.