Unseasonal rain and hailstorms lashed various parts of Pune district, damaging crops and orchards in Indapur, Baramati and Junnar on Sunday. Around 15 people suffered minor injuries due to hailstorm in Belhe.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded rain in intervals at various places in the district. Pune city recorded two mm rain till 5 pm on Sunday. The department has predicted thundershowers in parts of the district over the next 24 hours.
Various parts of Maharashtra have been experiencing hailstorms for the past few days. Pune city and surroundings area had cloudy weather and received rain on Sunday afternoon. Heavy hailstorms damaged crops in Baramati, Walchandnagar, Bhavaninagar Nimgaon, Sarafwadi, Wadapuri, Indapur and Junnar on Sunday.
According to primary estimates, damage has been reported on 10,000 to 12,000 hectares, said Sanjay Pawar, tehsildar of Indapur.
In Marathwada’s Parbhani, Beed, Jalna, Aurangabad, Usmanabad and Amravati districts experienced heavy rainfall on the third consecutive day on Sunday. A few places also saw light hailstorms.
V G Maniyar, former head of agriculture meteorology department at Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani, said: “The system that has developed is exactly like monsoon. Cloudy weather is prevailing for the past eight days and it’s incessantly raining for the past three days accompanied by hailstorms.”