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Hail, rain lash Gurdaspur villages; crops damaged

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, February 16, 2014
First Published: 23:02 IST(16/2/2014) | Last Updated: 23:03 IST(16/2/2014)

Hail and rain lashed Sri Hargobindpur and Hardochanni areas in the district on Saturday, causing significant losses to wheat and vegetable crops besides fodder.

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In Bham village of Sri Hargobindpur block, hails accumulated one-foot high on the ground.

Stacks of hail were seen in many villages along the Gurdaspur-Kalanaur, Gurdaspur-Hardochanni and Gurdaspur-Sri Hargobindpur roads.

The villages in Harchowal area were the worst affected. Deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha said he had received reports of hailing in Harchowal and Sri Hargobindpur areas.

"We will monitor the situation in hail-affected areas and see whether the loss needs to be assessed or not," Trikha said.

Chief agriculture officer Dr Ravi Kumar said he had been informed about the incidents of hailing by his department officials. He claimed hail would not cause much loss to the wheat crop as the plants had not reached the flowering stage. He told that hail fall could cause considerable loss to vegetable crops as they are sensitive to changes in weather.

Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, the Congress MLA from Fatehgarh Churian, said the hail and rain had damaged the crops and the government should order assessment of loss to the farmers.

Many areas in the district had not experienced such heavy hail fall for the past several decades. Some areas in Pathankot had witnessed snowfall last year for the first time in the last 50 years.

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