“Severe hailstorms wreak havoc across India, destroy homes and crops”

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Bouts of hailstorms since the past weeks have wreaked havoc in various parts of India. In Mizoram, hail lashed about 795 houses as confirmed by disaster management and rehabilitation minister Lalchamliana on April 29, 2020. In Haryana, more than 250 000 ha (618 000 acres) of rabi crops were ravaged by heavy showers and hail over the past weekend. In West Bengal, up to 8 million dollars’ worth of mango was ravaged in Malda due to a hailstorm last week.

In the northeastern state of Mizoram, 46 of the houses were totally destroyed, while 749 others sustained partial damage, according to Lalchamliana’s report, Nine out of 11 districts were affected, including 58 villages.

The state government will also provide all possible help to the afflicted families, Lalchamliana confirmed, who is also the home minister.

The worst-affected area is the Hliappui village in east Mizoram’s Saitual district, with a total of 268 residential areas hit, 189 of which were completely damaged.

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