Hail damages stone fruit, wheat crop

Hail damages stone fruit, wheat crop

Shadows of passers-by reflect in a puddle after rainfall in Shimla on Sunday. Photo Amit Kanwar

Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 2

Shimla, its surroundings and some other places in mid hills were lashed by a severe hailstorm and sharp showers, bringing normal life to a halt today.

Dark clouds overcast the sky and it was darkness at noon, forcing people to rush indoors. The hailstorm that lasted for about 90 minutes, disrupted normal life and affected traffic as vehicles had to move at a very slow pace with headlights on during the day.

The local MeT office, which had warned of thunderstorm and hailstorm, issued a fresh yellow warning of thunderstorm and lightning in Solan and Sirmaur districts on May 4 and Kangra, Solan, Shimla and Sirmaur on May 5.

The MeT office also predicted rain and thundershowers in mid hills and rain and snow in higher hills from May 3 to May 8 and rain and thunderstorm in lower hills from May 4 to 7. The hailstorm caused a massive damage to apple and stone fruit crops and standing wheat and other Rabi crops

Widespread moderate rain occurred across the state and Baldwara was the wettest in the region with 45 mm of rain followed by Narkanda and Bharari 18 mm, Bajaura 16 mm, Sundernagar and Rajgarh 12 mm, Guler 11 mm, Kumarsein 8 mm, Kumarsein 8 mm, Dehra Gopipur 7mm and Shimla 6 mm.

There was no appreciable change in the minimum and maximum temperatures and Keylong and Kalpa recorded a high of 16.7 degree and 20 degree while Una was the hottest with a high of 38.4 degree, followed by Nahan 33.8 degree, Shimla 23.5 degree and Manali 25 degree.

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