The fury of unseasonal rain in different states of north and east India since Sunday evening has left at least seven people dead and damaged standing crops in thousands of hectares, officials said on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rushed minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to Kashmir for on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation and to coordinate with state authorities for whatever help is required.
Taking the offensive against the Modi government over the farmers issue to Haryana, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday vowed to "fight" for their interests and asked the BJP-ruled states to ensure timely compensation for those affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.
From Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to parts of Maharashtra, the unseasonal showers over the weekend have dashed the hopes of thousands or farmers forcing some of them to take their own lives.
A 4-year-old girl was killed in a landslide triggered by snowfall and rains in the last 24 hours in Kashmir, which also forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway even as air traffic remained suspended.