Flash floods, houses damaged by hail; Orchards in North Kashmir

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Srinagar- On Thursday, a huge hailstorm ravaged orchards and standing crops at several places in parts of northern districts of Kashmir.

Several residential houses were also damaged during the flash floods from downpour in Rafiabad in Baramulla district, reports and officials said.

Reports indicated that massive hailstorm episodes were observed in Haril, Mawar, Sanzipora, Qalamabad, Harvet, Ashpora Budbugh, Daribal Baala, Daribal Payeen, Shiekhpora, Terina, Audoora and several other adjacent villages in Kupwara district. The hailstorm coupled with torrential rains wreaked havoc on apple orchards and other standing crops.

Similar reports have been received in the neighboring district of Baramulla, where the fury of the weather has caused considerable damage to orchards and vegetation. The villages which however faced the greatest weight included Noorkhah Boniyar and Gulmarg.

Meanwhile, many houses have been damaged due to flash flooding caused by downpour in Bakhipora village in Rafiabad. There were, however, no immediate reports of injury or loss of life in the particular incident.

Reports of hailstorms have also been received from several locations including Garoora and Chatti Bandi in Bandipora district.

A forest fire broke out in compartment number 46 of Lachipora, after a lightning bolt struck the forest area, damaging several deodar trees.

When contacted, BFO Sanzipora Bashir Ahmad Wani said a fire and emergency service had been dispatched to put out the fire at the site. “Several trees have been damaged by the fire so far,” he said, adding that efforts were underway to extinguish it as soon as possible to prevent the flames from spreading.

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