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Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, June 16: A massive hailstorm in parts of Kashmir this evening wreaked havoc on orchards and standing crops as wind damaged several houses and uprooted trees with rains bringing some respite to the warm weather.
A massive hailstorm damaged orchards 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 was followed by torrential rains which damaged apple orchards and other standing crops.
In Baramulla district, hail and gales caused extensive damage to orchards and vegetation. The villages which however faced the greatest weight included Noorkhah, Boniyar and the areas falling to Gulmarg.
Many houses were damaged as a result of flash floods caused by downpour in Bakhipora village in Rafiabad in Baramulla district. The homes of Mohammad Maqbool Lone, Abdul Rashid Najjar, Manzoor Ahmad and Abdur Rehman suffered heavy damage due to flooding.
The hailstorm also caused damage in Garoora and Chatti Bandi area of ​​Bandipora district.
A forest fire broke out in the Baramulla area of ​​Lachipora in compartment number 46, after a lightning bolt struck the forest area, damaging several deodar trees.
The block’s forestry officer, Sanzipora Bashir Ahmad Wani, said a fire and emergency service had been dispatched to put out the blaze at the site. “Several trees have suffered damage in the fire so far,” he said, adding that efforts were underway to put it out as soon as possible to prevent the flames from spreading.
The rains also hit other parts of Kashmir, bringing temperatures down.

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