India - Hailstorms wash out farmers’ hopes

A hailstorm, which lashed most parts of Keonjhar over last three days, has caused extensive damage to crops and vegetables. The crop damage has broken the economic backbone of thousands of farmers.

Reports said, thunderstorm and squalls Thursday evening hit rabi crops, especially vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal, drum stick, bitter guard and lady’s fingers. Janardanpur panchayat was worst affected by the squall while farmers are worried over the loss.