Residents rejoiced in the hailstorm that hit Delhi-NCR on Thursday. However, heavy snow and rains have thrown the normal life out of gear in parts of HP and Jammu and Kashmir
While Delhi-NCR residents were quite happy with the unusual hailstorm that whitewashed parts of the national capital region, heavy rains and snowfall wrecked havoc across Kashmir besides damaging apple orchards in several parts of Himachal Pradesh. The bad weather severely affected the standing crops in rest of the northwest India, raising concerns over the overall output and the food-quality this season.
Jammu and Kashmir
While the Srinagar-Jammu highway continues to remain closed, fresh snowfall again forced cancellation of flights at the Srinagar airport on Thursday, disconnecting Kashmir from rest of the world. Heavy snowfall across Kashmir since last night forced people to prefer staying indoors Thursday, even as vehicular movement in the summer capital and Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley was reported to be thin due to accumulation of snow.
Regions of Himachal Pradesh have witnessed heavy snowfall this week. The snowfall has triggered avalanche in several places of the hill state, damaging apple orchards. Heavy snowfall in the capital city, Kufri and Narkanda has brought all vehicular movement to a grinding halt.
Hailstorms, accompanied with rains and high velocity winds, also hit Punjab and Haryana over the last 24 hours, leaving behind uprooted trees and broken branches. The stormy weather also hit standing crops in many parts of both agrarian states and the governments have directed their revenue departments to conduct 'girdawari' (assessment of crop damage), mainly wheat, officials said.
In other parts of north India, farmers said horticulture crops, particularly, potato were badly damaged while the impact on wheat and mustard crops would be known after a few days. Harpal Singh from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, said potato harvest in his area would be very low this time due to the incessant rains coupled with hail hitting the fields for past two days.