The Newz Radar
SHIMLA: In the wake of a powerful storm that struck Himachal Pradesh after midnight, the state has been left reeling under widespread devastation.
Two persons lost their lives due to falling trees in Una and stones in Manikaran in Kullu district. The storm, which occurred during the orange alert period, also resulted in the collapse of the under-construction bridge at Nand Nagraon in Bilaspur, exacerbating the damages.
Furthermore, the storm wreaked havoc on the agricultural sector, causing significant losses. In Sirmaur, crops such as French beans, capsicum, tomato, plum and apricot suffered extensive damage due to the hailstorm. Kangra district witnessed a substantial drop in fruit production, with up to 30 per cent of mango and litchi fruits being damaged. The apple crop, a vital economic resource for the region, also incurred significant losses.
As the state grapples with the aftermath of the storm, residents have been urged to remain cautious. The meteorological department has issued a yellow alert for continued rainfall and hail, indicating that the inclement weather is expected to persist until the May 29 of this month.