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Intense hailstorm causes extensive damage to fruit crop in Kullu, India

Hailstorm in Kullu damaged fruit crop to the tune of Rs 10 crore yesterday. The damage was caused to apple, pear and plum crop in Haripur, Fojal, Raison, Dobhi, Shirad, Duara, Nashala Katrian, Kias and Badgran areas in the district.
The adverse weather condition has disappointed the horticulturists in the district. Gopal Kaistha, a horticulturist hailing from Fojal, said the 30-minute hailstorm damaged his 60 per cent apple orchard. “The loss is unbearable because our economy depends on apple crop, which is the sole source of income for us,” he said.
Another orchardist Khek Ram Negi said in the lower region there was 30 per cent loss, while in the upper valley it was up to 50 per cent. Orchardists in the district are seeking relief from the state government for the extensive damage caused to their crop.
The Horticulture Department issued an advisory to orchardists, especially those who have insurance cover for their crop, that they should inform the authorities concerned to assess the loss.
Amar Singh, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, Kullu, said orchardists should spray Bavistin (100gm) and Indofil M-45 (500gm) mixed with 200 l water within one or two days to the hailstorm-affected crop. After a gap of six days, they should use spray of Boric acid (200mg), Zink Sulfate (500mg) and quicklime (200mg) mixed with 200 l water.
He said the department was also providing advisory on mobile through Mkisan app to make the orchardists aware of the use of spray schedule in their orchard. The Horticulture Department has calculated loss to the tune of Rs 7.60 crore in the Kullu and Nagar block today, while officials are collecting details from the other parts of the district.
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Severe storms packing hail, strong wind likely in central US

Severe thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible over parts of the central United States during the holiday weekend.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman said there is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday over parts of Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas. Strong storms are also possible in parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. The risk covers an area of more than 87,000 square mile and includes more than 7.6 million people.
Forecasters say widespread, severe wind gusts are forecast from the Ozark region to the lower Ohio Valley Saturday. Very large hail and tornadoes will be possible from the Red River Valley northeastward to the Ozark Plateau as well as the Tennessee Valley, middle Ohio Valley and portions of the Mid-Atlantic.
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27 killed in rain and hailstorm in Bihar, India

At least 27 people were killed and over two dozen injured in hailstorm lashed through out Bihar. Maximum seven casualties are from West Champaran followed by five each from East Champaran and Jamui districts of the state.
The deceased were identified as Kanth Lal Rai (70), Mina Devi (40), Sunita Devi (32), Veena Kumari (19) and Sushila Devi (40), Kumar said. In West Champaran district, six persons were killed in separate incidents of wall collapse during a storm that blew at a speed of 50-70 km per hour in different panchayat areas.
The deceased were identified as Manager Choudhary (45), Chandrawati Devi (55), Shambha Devi (40), Rima Kumari (14) and Paramshila Kumari (16) and Mukesh Kumar, an official said.
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