Hailstorm damages crops in Sonepat, Faridabad, Rain brings misery for residents, cheer for wheat farmers
Standing crops of wheat, mustard and vegetables in large areas of three villages- Safiabad, Mimarpur and Pritam Pura - were reportedly damaged during the hailstorm that swept the region in the early hours today.
The farmers of these villages informed Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pankaj Aggarwal and demanded a survey of the damaged crops and payment of compensation to the affected farmers. The DC assured them that the patwaris would be asked to survey the damages. The district was lashed by heavy rains today and normal life in the town was thrown out of gear due to waterlogging at different places in the town. The markets also presented a deserted look during the day.
The agriculture department said a rainfall of 70 mm was recorded in the Gannaur region, 57 mm in Kharkhoda, 48 mm in Sonepat and 26 mm in the Gohana area. The two-day rains had brought cheer to the farmers who were of the opinion that there would be hardly any requirement of irrigating the wheat fields till maturing of the crop.
FARIDABAD: Last night’s 15-minute intense hailstorm past midnight in over 21 villages of Faridabad has affected standing crops of wheat, mustard, jowar, and vegetables. The affected villages include Dhoj, Alampur, Sirohi, Silakhri, Manger, Kot, Fatehpur Tagga, Madalpur, Palwali, Badshahpur, Ekawli, Bhupani, Kirawali, Dadisa, Lalpur, Mahawatpur,Palli and Pakkal. Faridabad Deputy Director, Agriculture, Karam Chand said the extent of damage to the crops was being assessed and premilinary reports suggested it to be high.
Karnal: Normal life was thrown out of gear in Karnal as overnight rains inundated low-lying areas, flooded roads and choked drains. The town recorded 37 mm of rainfall till this afternoon, resulting in waterlogging of several low lying areas, including the Committee Chowk, Jundla Gate, Subash Gate, Bansu Gate, Chaman, Garden, Gandhi Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Anand Vihar, Hansi Road, Ram Nagarn and New Shivaji Colony and the situation was no better in HUDA sectors. The traffic was affected and traffic jams were a common sight as roads and streets were submerged under rainwater and the local administration seemed helpless.
Chand Sarai, Indira Colony, Shayam Nagar, Sri Ram Colony, Khera Colony and Shiv Colony were also affected. Residents had a hard time pumping out water from their houses as a majority of the houses in these colonies are make-shift shelters or kutcha huts. However, the rains have brought cheer to the farmers as the rains during this season are considered as manure for the wheat crop and brighten the prospects for a bumper crop.