Hailstorm leaves Agra farmers worried

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 10:00 hrs

Agra, Feb 23 (IANS) Hailstorm and strong winds that lashed the Agra region Saturday left farmers worried.

"The rain has been intermittent. It is the wind that is causing harm to the standing wheat crop. The late mustard and potato crops have been badly hit," said Ravi Singh, a progressive farmer in Barauli Ahir.

The weather department has forecast more rains till Sunday.

"We woke up to loud staccato noise in the morning. Outside the house, the floor was carpeted with hail and gusty winds was blowing," Sudheir Gupta from Vijay Nagar said.

The hailstorm has also hit the Taj Mahotsav cultural fest. "Stall owners rushed for cover and the open-air theatre was all wet," said Prashant Baghael from Taj Ganj.

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