Woman killed as gale uproots trees, hail storm damages crops

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, June 5:  Kashmir got relief from heat wave due to afternoon gale and showers that lashed the Valley, damaging crops and uprooting trees in many areas in which one woman was killed in Baramulla district of North Kashmir.
A woman was killed after a poplar tree fell on her in Kachwa Muqam Wagoora of district Baramulla this afternoon. She was identified as Hajira Begum, 55, wife of Ghulam Rasool Mir of Kachwa Muqam, Baramulla.
The woman was planting paddy saplings in the nearby fields when  gusty winds uprooted a poplar tree which fell on her. She was immediately rushed to SDH Kreeri where from she was referred to SMHS Hospital where she succumbed.
A day after the local Metrological department declared heat wave in Kashmir, the heavy rains accompanied by the blustery winds today brought relief to the people from heat.

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Srinagar had recorded temperature of 34.4 degree Celsius on Monday following which the MeT department declared heat wave across the Valley, saying there is no prediction of any wet spell in the coming days.
However, this afternoon gale followed by heavy rains lashed the Valley. The heavy rains brought respite to the people from scorching heat.
A Meteorological department official said that the temperature will go down with the showers. He said that the impact of today’s rain will lead to respite from heat wave.
Yesterday, the Meteorological department declared a heat wave across Kashmir with Srinagar recording the season’s highest temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius, 8.1 degrees above normal.
The MeT department had predicted no relief for the next few days from the scorching heat. The rain came as a pleasant surprise.
A heavy hailstorm coupled with rains hit North Kashmir Baramulla district damaging crops in several areas of the district.
The windstorm uprooted several trees in North and Central Kashmir resulting in massive traffic jams at several places.
The storm also uprooted electric poles at many places forcing the Power Development Department to snap the electricity. However, it was restored to the most parts of the Valley.


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