Meteorological department Wednesday predicted rain on June 27, 28, 29 and 30, the announcement likely to bring a sigh of relief among people in Kashmir Valley.
“We are expecting moderate rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir State from June 27 till June 30. Rainfall would be moderate but widespread in the Valley during this period,” Sonam Lotus, director of the weather office told GNS.
Meanwhile, the heavy rains and hailstorm Wednesday evening has damaged paddy crop, vegetable fields and fruit orchards in different parts of Kashmir Valley.
In Manigam, Haihama of Kupwara district, farmers said that heavy rains and hailstorm damaged paddy and maize crops. They said that the hailstorm also hit fruit orchards and vegetable fields.
“The hailstorm continued for about 20 to 25 minutes in many areas and damaged paddy, maize, fruit and vegetables,” said Altaf Ahmad Hajam, a farmer.
The hailstorm also affected fruits in upper parts of Shopian district.
The farmers appealed the authorities to compensate the loss caused due to hailstorm.