SRINAGAR: Gusty winds accompanied by rain and hailstorms wreaked havoc in Kashmir parts by damaging residential houses, uprooting trees, and causing damage to the crops at multiple places as well.
The gusty winds also affected the electricity supply in several areas of the Valley with the concerned officials stating that no major breakdown was witnessed and the supply is being restored shortly.
A residential house belonging to Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh, son of Jalal-ud-din Sheikh of Pinglish area of Tral got damaged after a walnut tree fell on their house.
The family had a narrow escape, but the residential house got damaged in the incident, locals said.
Reports said that hailstorms and gusty winds wreaked havoc in several areas, causing extensive damage to the crops and properties of the people.,
A walnut tree fell on a vehicle in the Burdoo area of Pahalgam in which a vehicle has suffered damage.
The hailstorm was recorded in several areas in north Kashmir including Khamoh, Rafiabad, Wagoora, Kreeri, Ladoora, area of Baramulla, Haihama, Gutlipora, Kralpora, Trehgam, Sogam, Drugmulla, Salkoot and other areas in Kupwara. A few districts including Kulgam in South Kashmir also witnessed hailstorm this afternoon.
Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Chief Engineer, Javed Yousuf Dar said that there was no major breakdown in the electricity due to the inclement weather conditions.
However, he said that some of the places witnessed damage after tree branches fell on the power lines, adding that the electricity is being restored.
“The men and machinery have been pressed into service and the electricity will be restored at the earliest,” he said.
Moreover, the weatherman here predicted intermittent light to moderate rainfall in most places of Kashmir.
Director of the Meteorological Department (MeT), Sonum Lotus said that there is a possibility of intermittent light to moderate rain, and thunderstorms in most places of Kashmir, mainly in north and central Kashmir.
The weather is expected to remain the same tomorrow, he said, adding that on May 27, the weather would remain partly to generally cloudy.
He further said that the rains and thunderstorm is expected again at scattered places between May 28-May 30
Appealing people to stay indoors during the lightening, the MeT director further advised people to avoid venturing near local sloppy Nallahs as thundershowers often generate localized flash floods, water logging, etc—(KNO)