SHIMLA, May 13 -- The recent spell of hailstorm in Himachal Pradesh and its nearby areas has battered various vegetables and fruit crops, hampering the income prospects of scores of farmers.

Villages in the vicinity of Shimla town for the second consecutive day experienced hailstorm accompanied by rain, which partially damaged apple and cherry crop in Matiana and Narkanda.

Areas between Dhalli and Kufri received heavy hailstorm for about 20 to 25 minutes on Sunday, resulting in similar damage. Crops such as apple and other stone fruits along with vegetables like peas, cauliflower, tomatoes, and cabbage have been damaged.

A farmer from Baldaiyan village of Shimla district, Nittu, said, "50% of the vegetable crops have been destroyed in ou...