Intense hailstorm hits Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir, killing over 110 animals | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Intense hailstorm hits Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir, killing over 110 animals

Heavy rains and hailstorm hit Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, India, on May 9, 2018, trapping 10 families of a nomadic tribe on hills in the Thanamandi area and killing over 110 animals, mostly sheep and goats. The state government also said that standing crops spread over 100 hectares and over a dozen orchards were damaged.

The state administration launched a major operation to rescue the families trapped in the higher reaches of the area, District Development Commissioner (DDC), Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said, according to United News of India. All the members of the trapped Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes escaped unhurt and were subsequently rescued in a night-long operation.

There was no immediate report of any casualties, but over 110 small animals, mostly sheep, and goats, were killed in the hailstorm and rain, Choudhary said.

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