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Rain, dust storm lash state; 2 dead


Rain, dust storm lash state; 2 dead

Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, April 16

Rain and strong winds lashed various parts of the state late last evening, claiming two lives in separate incidents and flattening wheat crop at several places.

In Fazilka, Vijay Kumar (43), resident of College Road, near Multani Chungi, died as a tree fell on him during the storm.

After a dust storm at about 9 pm on Monday, the power supply to the town and surrounding areas was snapped. Vijay Kumar came out of his residence to buy a torch. Vijay Kumar’s brother Mohinder Kumar said during the thunderstorm Vijay took shelter under a tree along the roadside, but the strong winds uprooted the tree, which fell on him. Residents pulled him out and immediately took him to the local Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Vijay Kumar, a labourer and the only breadwinner of his family, is survived by two daughters and a son, besides wife. Mohinder Kumar has asked the district administration to provide financial assistance to the deceased’s family.

A large number of trees fell due to strong winds causing inconvenience to the commuters in the town.

In Abohar, the power supply was disrupted, hundreds of trees uprooted, walls collapsed and a combine harvesting driver from Muktsar was killed in a roof collapse.

All power grid stations in Abohar were shut as trees fell on high tension supply lines. Traffic on the Abohar-Fazilka and Abohar-Sriganganagar stretches remained disrupted due to felling of trees.

The boundary wall of Nehru Park located next to SDM’s residence collapsed. Some old trees at Government Senior Secondary Model School opposite Nehru Park got uprooted.

Besides, fire broke out in the main garbage dump outside Shivpuri cremation ground near Indira Nagari.

In Sangrur, farmers alleged that they had not received any financial compensation for the last year crop loss and the latest losses would multiply their financial woes.

“Last night rain has flattened around 30 per cent standing wheat crop of our village. It is likely to reduce per-acre production. We request the Punjab government to release some special financial compensation to farmers,” said Darshan Singh, a farmer from Kotra village of Sangrur.

Some other farmers from various villages of the district shared similar tales of woes. Some said it would delay harvesting of wheat, while others said if rain continued for some more days, their losses would multiply. “I have sown wheat on five acre, but last night rain has flattened wheat in more than one acre. Like me there are many other farmers from my village who are facing similar problems. I have not received any financial compensation for the crop losses suffered last year,” said Kulwant Singh, another farmer.

Chief Agriculture Officer, Sangrur, Dr Baldev Singh said he had received reports on flattening of crop from the district. “Though I have received reports on flattening of wheat, but there is no loss as yet,” Dr Baldev said.

In Muktsar, a number of trees were uprooted, mainly on the Muktsar-Ferozepur road, which affected the vehicular movement. It affected power supply in the district, which could only be restored after 18 hours.

The rain, which lashed the region after the dust storm, did not affect the wheat crop much.

Wheat procurement begins in Abohar 

  • Despite inclement weather, wheat purchase began at the new grain market in Abohar on Tuesday. Arhtiyas Association president Anil Nagori was joined by senior members Rakesh Kalani and Gurbachan Singh Sran in inaugurating the purchase
  • Punjab Agro made the beginning by purchasing 100-quintal produce from farmer Faquir Chand of Dharangwala village at Rs 1,840 per quintal
  • Deputy Commissioner Manpreet Singh Chhatwal has told farmers to transport only well-dried wheat to purchase centres to avoid inconvenience

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