Three dead, apple orchards suffer massive damage as snowfall and rains hit life in Kashmir


Three people were killed as apple orchards suffered extensive damage as parts of Kashmir received snowfall and the plains were hit by heavy rains on Saturday, causing the early onset of winter conditions.

Snowfall and rains, which started late Friday evening, triggered a mudslide that affected a tent set up by nomads in Noorpora in the Tral region of Pulwama district, killing three people, including two women, and one seriously injured, officials said.

The nomads belonged to Reasi District in Jammu Division, they added.

Officials said moderate snowfall was recorded in the Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Shopian and Gurez regions of the valley.
Minamarg and Drass in Ladakh have also received snowfall since Friday evening, they added.

Officials said light snowfall was reported in some areas of Pulwama and Kulgam districts, while some areas of the plains, including the summer capital Srinagar, received sleet.

They said the tourist resort of Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of southern Kashmir received about five inches of morning snow at 2:30 p.m., while the resort of Sonamarg in the Ganderbal district of central Kashmir, recorded seven inches of snowfall.

Snowfall caused extensive damage to apple orchards in parts of the valley, particularly in Shopian and Kulgam districts in southern Kashmir, where most of the horticultural produce had not yet been produced. harvested.

CPI leader (M) MY Tarigami expressed concern over the losses caused to orchards by untimely snowfall and demanded immediate compensation for them.
“A large number of fruit trees are said to have suffered damage from unusual snowfall, seen in several parts of the Kashmir Valley. It appears that 50 percent of the fruit has yet to be harvested in the twin districts of Shopian and Kulgam. There should be an immediate assessment of the losses suffered by the orchards, ”Tarigami said in a statement.

He said the government should delegate teams of experts to assess the losses, especially in southern Kashmir which has been hit the hardest.
He also expressed his grief over the death of three members of a nomadic family in Tral.

Meanwhile, heavy rains have hit Srinagar and other plains in the valley since Friday evening, officials said.

The precipitation caused waterlogging in many parts of the city.

The weather service said current weather conditions would most likely continue until Saturday evening.

“Expect a gradual decrease in rain / snow from the evening. Heavy rains are expected to continue, especially in southern Kashmir, Chenab Valley, Pirpanjal, Reasi, Poonch, Rajouri, etc. Precipitation is gradually decreasing from northern Kashmir, ”he said.


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