Rain in Rajasthan, hailstorm damage crops

The unseasonal rain dashed the hopes of farmers in the state who were expecting bumper Rabi crop. The rain has damaged crops in many parts of the state. Complaints of crop damage have been pouring in from many villages of Bundi and other districts. Heavy rain coupled with hailstorms lashed Bundi district last night damaging crops of wheat, mustard, coriander and lentil. Hailstorm lashed several villages, including Sukhpura, Gothera, Mandi, Bhagwanipura, Tokera, Panch ki Bawari of Hindoli sub-division last evening following which standing crop was damaged, Mandi village sarpanch Bhuribai said. Similarly, damage to the extent of 60-70% is feared by the evening spell in Kalayanpura, Sadara, Fathapura, Jaitpur, Talwas, Suri, Karwar, Jhakmund and dozen other villages in the Nainwa sub-division. Jaipur reported 6.8 mm of rain while Sikar reported the highest rain of 28 mm followed by Pilani at 10.3 mm. Ajmer and Kota also reported rain of 9.2 and 8.9 mm, respectively by Wednesday morning.