Pulwama: As the paddy harvesting season was about to begin, a destructive spell of hailstorm on September 13 shattered the dreams of Kashmiri farmers of a bumper produce.
The hailstorm left behind a trail of destruction, leveling standing crops across dozens of villages in central Kashmir and many areas of south Kashmir.
Rice crops, pulses, vegetables and apple orchards took the brunt of sudden precipitation in Tral, Anantnag in southern parts of the valley. While Magam, Budran, Kawoosa, Kanihama, Mazhama, Narbal and many other parts of Budgam district were the worst hit areas in the central Kashmir.
People while talking to The Kashmir Radar said that it was late in the afternoon when it started raining, and was followed by the heavy hailstorm.
Rice crops, apple orchards, and other vegetation turned into “remnant of grass” in a couple of minutes, they added.
“This is our only sources of income. We request government to assess the loss and compensate us accordingly,” a group of affected farmers appealed.