After the strong hailstorm recorded on Sunday May 12 in the Italian regions Basilicata and Apulia, new 'water bombs' mixed with hail affected the same areas. The situation is worrying for stone fruit, watermelon and table grapes. It was a very wet awakening, Monday May 13, in the provinces of Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna (Emilia Romagna).
The farmers affected by the hail storm in the village of Balgarene, Pleven district, will be compensated in accordance with the damage assessment, Bulgaria’s Minister of Agriculture, Rumen Porozhanov said on May 7 after he examined the damaged crops. A team of specialists started to assess the damages.
Intermittent rain and thunderstorms accompanied by hail and lightning lashed several parts of Himachal since last night while tribal areas received fresh snowfall in May today. Lightning struck state capital Shimla past mid-night with deafening noise and electronic gadgets like computers, modems, TV sets and other equipment were damaged in a number of households.
Rain accompanied with hailstorm on Monday have damaged the standing wheat crop in the district. The authorities said wheat crop on 63,000 hectares had been affected. District chief agriculture officer KR Banga said the reports of damage to crop were received from all over the district. The loss of yield would be more in areas where yet to be ripened crop was flattened due to hailstorm, he added. He said the Agriculture Department had started assessing the loss suffered by farmers.
At this time of the year, people of Changrey in Trongsa will be busy transplanting chili sapling or harvesting barley. Not this year. A severe hailstorm on Tuesday, that lasted for about an hour, covered Changrey in Drakteng gewog in white, making it look like as if it snowed. The storm destroyed all the chili saplings, buckwheat, cardamom, maize, potatoes and oranges in the area. The farm road in the area was also affected. Every household in Changrey cultivated acres of chili and buckwheat.
Heavy rain accompanied by hailstorm damaged the standing Rabi crops in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and other parts of north Bihar late on Sunday night. Heavy rain and hailstorm flattened crops in various parts of the region while the harvest of wheat, mustard and other Rabi crops is barely a week away.
Wednesday morning’s powerful hailstorm may have done significant damage to North Central Florida's watermelon crop. The aftermath is easy to see. If you look at the dirt around the plants you can see pock marks where the hail hit and even the plastic covering meant to keep the young plants warm has small bee-bee sized tears in it.
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