Intense rains accompanied by hail and strong winds lashed the standing crops in Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on April 25, 2020. The affected crops included tobacco, wheat, fruits, and vegetables.
Other areas also affected by the severe weather were Nazare, Bachai, Yaquibi, Mathra, Sikandra, Babu Banda, Shen Khela, and other places in Ghadon Amazai, Chotha Lahore, and Razar. Wheat harvest has been underway, while tobacco curing will begin in the next few days.
Agricultural leaders have appealed to the central and provincial governments to declare Swabi a disaster area, adding that the affected farmers should be provided with relief as soon as possible, and assessment of the areas should be conducted.
A corresponded reportedly visited the fields and met with farmers, who were described to be in shock following the disaster.
It’s pouring down right now…farmers should be compensated for wheat crop losses due to frequent rains. Photograph taken just before the downpour. #Swabi #COVIDー19 #lockdown https://t.co/RuHPNAp4EK pic.twitter.com/6oICh8a8EL
— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) April 20, 2020
Today,s hailstorm might have crushed the hopes of many families dependant on #tobacco which is The Only Cash Crop Of Sawabi Ditrict And A Major Source Of Earning Bread And Butter for many farmers.Multi BIllionaires Tobacco Compnies Are Requeted to Compensate The affecttes pic.twitter.com/I9awxWLPQN
— Saleem Khan (@SaleemK37205727) April 25, 2020
Featured image credit: Bushra Gohar
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