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Unseasonal Hailstorm claims 2 lives in Maharashtra

 Mumbai:In Maharashtra, unseasonal hailstorm and heavy showers have claimed two lives and damaged various crops.

People in Jaalna, Beed, Buldhana, Washim, Amravati and Akola districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions woke up to a white blanket this morning.


Two women were injured in the hailstorm in Washim and Aurangabad districts.

An official in the agriculture department said, the unusual spell of hailstorms and heavy rainfall crops like wheat, orange and grapes were severely damaged in some areas. The heavy rainfall has also damaged most of the winter crop that was ready to be harvested.


A senior state revenue department official said the disaster management department of the districts will soon conduct an assessment of the damage caused by the hailstorm.


The India Meteorological Department had issued an advisory that hailstorm-like situation may develop over parts of Maharashtra.


Following the IMD's advisory, the Maharashtra government had urged farmers to prepare for untimely rain and hailstorm.


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