Storm damages dozen of houses in Nakodar, 2 hurt; 40% crops damaged

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar/Nakodar
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 22:37 IST

High intensity wind coupled with rain damaged a dozen of dwellings and uprooted trees in various parts of Jalandhar district around 12.40pm on Wednesday.

Amar Kaur of Padori village was injured seriously, while Nakodar naib tehsildar Dharminder Kumar said a woman, Ambo (65), of Nawanpind Jattan village was also injured. He said 12 cattle received injuries in Gandharan village.

Besides inflicting damages on men and livestock, wheat, potato, maize and fodder crops in Nawan Pind Jattan and Gandharan villages of Nakodar sub-division were also damaged and power supplies to several villages were snapped.

Two houses in Padori village near Nakodar were totally collapsed, while roofs and walls of other 10 houses were blown up.
Despite widespread devastation in these villages, none of the senior officials from the administration came to the village to take stock of situation.

Amar Kaur (65), a resident of Padori village was admitted to a hospital by her husband Kartar Singh in serious condition. Kaur was sitting in room when the roof caved in.

Villagers including Kartar Singh, Surinder Pal, Satpal, Gurmeet Singh, Bachan Singh, Mohan Lal, Banti Devi, Swaran Singh and others sought compensation from the state government for the loss inflicted on them by the storm.
Gandharan village residents Sukhwinder Singh and Lakhbir Singh said the storm damaged their dairy sheds and injured cattle.

Nakodar agriculture officer Harpal Singh said hailstorm lashed Nawan Pind Jaatan, Hairan, Uggi, Baupur Ladhewali, Chuhar, Talwandi Salem and Khiva villages and caused 30-40% loss to the standing wheat, maize and fodder crop.
He said if bad weather conditions continued for more days, potato would be completely damaged.
Earlier on February 17, 18 and 20, hail storms ruined crops in Nurmahal sub-tehsil and Nakodar and Shahkot sub-divisions.

State president of Pendu Mazdoor Union (PMU) Tarsem Peter said the state government should provide immediate relief of `10 lakh to the affected families and free treatment to Amar Kaur.

He said the union members were engaged in rescue operation in the villages, as none of the government officials visited the affected families.

In urban area, a wall around an empty plot was damaged in Focal Point locality, but no causality was report.

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