Farmers in Queensland's north-west are helpless as their cattle, some bogged in waterlogged paddocks, starve to death by the hundreds. More than 1000 livestock are expected to perish and the situation has become so desperate the military will drop fodder into isolated homesteads that have become islands in the wake of record rain.
Three thousand hectares of agricultural land in the southern Turkish city of Mersin were flooded due to excessive rainfall. The Seyhan River was already high because of the water let off from the Seyhan Dam. With the excessive rainfall, both the highway connecting Adana to Tuzla neighborhood and the fields in Mersin's Tarsus district were flooded.
Nearly 5,000 hectares of bananas for export were affected by the overflow of the Sabala and Isarzama rivers in Puerto Villarroel. The water flooded the facilities of the Expoban packinghouse, causing the loss of 10,000 boxes of products that were ready to be exported to Argentina and Uruguay, reported Radio Fides.
In the southern areas of Central Italy, heavy, persistent rain and floods have caused a critical situation to develop in the countryside. According to the producer, entire ready-to-eat salad, carrot and turnip fields have been completely destroyed. Here, we show some photos taken at the beginning of the 48th week that illustrate the conditions in fields and greenhouses.
Since last week, Spain has been going through a period of heavy rain events which are certainly taking a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector. Depending on the production area, the damage translates into production losses, impact on the crops' quality and delays in the shipments, both now and for future harvests.
Citrus producers are concerned about the threat of the "pixat" and about the risk of mandarin skins being affected by the excess water; a result of the latest rains. In fact, the harvest has been delayed due to the flooding of fields in the Region of Valencia. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA) has pointed out that the citrus varieties that are now at the optimum point of ripeness could suffer fungal problems due to the excess water.
On Sunday night through Monday, heavy rain caused flooding in Southern France. Around the town of Carcassonne in the department of Aude, the water became very high. The south of France is an important region for the fruit and vegetable production. A spokesperson of Les Serres de Capestang says consequences for growers in the region are considerable.
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