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Farmers worried as Met predicts heavy rain in next 100 hours

Shimla.

Farmers facing the vagaries of weather for the past two weeks are on tenterhooks as the Met office has predicted heavy rain and thunderstorm, accompanied with hailstorm in mid and lower hills of Himachal over the next 100 hours. Mid and lower hills suffered extensive damage to rabi crops and stone-fruit crops due to rain, thundershower and hailstorm. Moreover, the prediction of continuation of stormy conditions for the next 100 hours is giving sleepless nights to farmers. Rabi crop is ripening in lower hills and ready for harvesting, while stone-fruit crop is in its flowering stage and hailstorm at this time is considered devastating for crops. A Central team headed by Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Minister of Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh arrived here today to take stock of the situation and the state government has also asked the districts and departments to send a detailed report about damage and loss.

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