Unseasonal Hailstorms and Rain Ravage North India, Leaving Farmers in Distress

ByTV10 Punjab

Feb 3, 2024
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2 February 2024
Sandeep Dhand ( Ludhiana )

In an unexpected turn of weather events, North India, including Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh, experienced two days of relentless rains and hailstorms, transforming the region’s climate. The plains were hit by rain and hailstorms today, accompanied by strong winds, resulting in a picturesque but challenging landscape.

Cities such as Ludhiana, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Ferozepur witnessed hailstorms that blanketed the roads in a serene white layer, resembling snow. Unfortunately, the scenic view comes at a cost as strong winds and hailstorms have taken a toll on the wheat crop, leaving farmers in a state of worry.

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Meteorologists foresee more challenges ahead, predicting moderate rain in Punjab and Haryana from February 2 to 4, with the possibility of strong winds accompanying the precipitation. Last night, nearly one and a half dozen districts in Punjab experienced heavy rain, adding to the concerns of farmers and agricultural officials.

Officials from the Punjab Agriculture Department reported that the early planted wheat crop in areas like Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Ludhiana has been adversely affected by the hailstorm. The extent of the damage is yet to be assessed, but the officials remain optimistic, stating that if the weather clears up in the coming days, the harm to the crops could be mitigated.

While the rain is considered beneficial for the overall health of the wheat crop, the unanticipated hailstorm has caused significant losses, especially in the realm of vegetables. The agricultural community now faces the challenge of recovering from this weather-induced setback, hoping for clearer skies in the days to come.

As farmers anxiously await the fate of their crops, the unseasonal weather serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of agriculture to unpredictable climatic shifts. The resilience of the farming community will undoubtedly be put to the test as they navigate the aftermath of this unexpected natural occurrence.