Rain comes as pleasant surprise, but woman crushed under tree in Baramulla

Rain comes as pleasant surprise, but woman crushed under tree in Baramulla
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Junaid Rather

SRINAGAR: A woman died on Tuesday after coming under a tree that fell due to strong winds in Kachwa Muqam village of Tehsil Wagoora in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The deceased lady was identified as Hajira Begum, 55, wife of Ghulam Rasool Mir of Kachwa Muqam.
Locals said the woman was planting paddy saplings in fields near her home when strong winds uprooted a poplar tree which fell on her.
After two days of hot weather, rains on Tuesday, accompanied by gusty winds, swept away the heat wave declared by the meteorological (MeT) department in Kashmir.
The MeT department had forecast no rainfall for the week. It had said that the temperature would go further up to 36 degrees Celsius.
On Sunday, Srinagar had recorded the year’s highest temperature: 34.4 degrees Celsius. This afternoon, however, brought cheer on the faces of people as the heavy rains and strong winds continued for at least 30 minutes, bringing the temperature sharply down.
A strong windstorm with heavy rain and hail lashed Baramulla and its surrounding areas.
Blistering winds uprooted trees in Charar-i-Sharief area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Reports quoting eyewitnesses said that the windstorm uprooted several trees near Kralpora on Chadoora-Srinagar road, resulting in massive traffic snarls in the area. Locals cleared the fallen trees to pave way for traffic movement on the road, reports quoting eyewitnesses said.
In another incident, a tree fell on a car at Wathora area of Budgam district.
Farmers complained that the brief hailstorm and heavy rains caused damage to standing crops, apple orchards, vegetables and other fruits.