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Storm, rain damage fruit crops, hutments in Himachal

Heavy rains and strong winds, which lashed western Himalayas over the last two days, have rendered scores of people homeless and damaged crops worth millions in Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla, May 20 : Heavy rains and strong winds, which lashed western Himalayas over the last two days, have rendered scores of people homeless and damaged crops worth millions in Himachal Pradesh.

Thundershowers lashed several parts of the State on Friday and Saturday, blowing roofs off several hutments, and destroying apple and plum fruit crops worth millions of rupees across the state.

Rampur and Rohru Tehsils (sub-district) in capital Shimla, and Ani and Nirmand in Kullu and Nichhar in Kinnaur were the worst affected.

"The storm uprooted over 12-13 trees of mine. Each tree would yield around 20 boxes of apples. My house's roof was blown away as well. There has been no aid from the government so far. We would request them (government) to intervene. My trees were my livelihood," said Ishwari Nand, an apple farmer in Prithvi village of Shimla.

"The damage has been to the tune of 60 percent. These (plantations) made for the livelihood of the majority of population in these parts. The fruits were to get ready to be plucked in another 8-10 days," said Roop Singh, a resident of nearby Talara village.

Apple is the main fruit crop of Himachal Pradesh, employing 300,000 farmers. Grown over 100,000 hectares in eight districts, the state produces nearly 500,000 tonnes of apples annually, worth over 15 billion rupees.

ANI

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