In yet another major jolt to ailing Kashmir fruit industry, the Wednesday’s hailstorm in south Kashmir has caused extensive damage to the apple and cherry crop. The initial assessment carried by the department of horticulture has pegged the losses to the fruit in the ripening stage at around 20 percent.
Hailstorm again struck the districts of Shopian and Kulgam -in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir-, extensively damaging crops. Locals from many areas from the twin districts said that the hailstorm resulted in heavy damage. In the districts, a heavy hailstorm that lasted for 15 minutes resulted in accumulation of an inch deep hail cover that ripped into the standing fruit and crushed agricultural crops.
This Sunday, while the Portugese Algarve region simply experienced a cloudy afternoon, areas around Viseu and Fundão, Castelo Branco, Belmonte, Covilhã and Penamacor had to cope with a a freak hail storm. Motorways were brought to a halt, there was localised flooding, but worst of all was the damage to this year’s fruit crops, including vines.
Strong rain and hailstorms in the central agricultural region of Serbia have severely affected numerous plantations of blueberries and other fruit and vegetable products. It is still too early to calculate exactly the damage that this meteorological phenomenon will cause in the production and harvest of blueberries, which will begin in June.
Last weekend's storms, which were accompanied by hail in many cases, have hit some 6,000 hectares of crops across the Spanish Region of Valencia. The initial losses are estimated at more than 9 million Euro, as reported by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors. The greatest losses have been recorded in the counties of Valencia, with 6.5 million Euro, followed by those of Castellon, with 2.5 million, and those of Alicante, with around 3,000 Euro.
A violent hailstorm that hit the Bordeaux wine region last Friday has caused severe damage, with several hundred hectares of vines nearly destroyed, notably in the famous Saint-Emilion region, the local chamber of agriculture said. This comes at a time when French wine makers are already suffering from a slowdown in consumption due to the closure of restaurants and bars worldwide in a bid to contain the new coronavirus, as well as from lower exports caused by extra U.S. tariffs on French wine since late last year.
Heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds, have damaged banana crop plantations in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The banana growers were already facing a crisis, not being able to sell their produce due to the nationwide lockdown coronavirus. Around 100 acres of banana plantations were damaged in the Anantapur district.
The meteorological instability of recent weeks has once again resulted in rain and hail this weekend in various parts of Spain, such as Castile-La Mancha (especially in the northwestern area of the province of Albacete, in the east of Ciudad Real and in Toledo), in some provinces of Castile-Leon (especially Zamora and Salamanca), in the Region of Valencia (mainly in Castellon) and also in some parts of Zaragoza and Murcia.
Late in the afternoon of April 17, a wave of thunderstorms hit the Bordeaux region, pummeling vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers and the Right Bank with hail. In some areas, within minutes nearly all the developing buds were damaged, meaning a small harvest this year. The worst was the first thunderstorm.
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