Heavy rains and hailstorms have damaged fruit crops in Himachal Pradesh, in the far north of India. This part of India has been experiencing severe thunderstorms recently and orchard owners are expecting heavy losses due to the sudden rainfall and even snow in some parts. The unexpected weather has destroyed flowers that were beginning to bloom on the fruit trees. Apple, apricot and almond trees are now left bereft as the blooms lie scattered on the ground, destroyed by hail stones and rain. Meanwhile several people are reported to have died after having been struck by lightning in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Thunderstorms have been in the area since the end of last week and more storms are predicted for the region in the coming days. Read more

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