Unseasonal rains with hailstorm over the past two days have caused massive damage to crops at several places in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, officials said. According to Bihar government officials, rain and hailstorm in parts of south and north Bihar adjacent to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday damaged flowering and fruiting oilseed, pulses, vegetables, tobacco crop, and blossoming mango orchards.
According to estimates from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA), storm Gloria has caused economic losses totaling over 62.6 million Euro to the Region of Valencia's agricultural sector. Citrus crops, agricultural infrastructure and seasonal vegetables have taken the worst part of a storm that has caused damage by wind, cold, rainfall and hail, mainly in the regions of La Ribera, L'Horta Sud, La Safor and La Marina.
The insurance and perhaps reinsurance market loss from the recent severe convective storms and large hail events in Australia is estimated to have risen by 27% in just one day, reaching A$407 million (around US $280m) as claims start pouring in. This outbreak of severe convective weather, thunderstorms, large hail and flooding affected a swathe of southeast Australia over the weekend.
"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been affected by storm Gloria, which has mainly hit the area of Níjar in the form of hail.
The destructive hailstorm that tore through the national capital damaging cars and property yesterday has been labelled a "catastrophe". The ACT Emergency Services Agency received a record 2,000 calls for help when the storm swept through, taking out power to more than 1,000 homes across the territory.
Recent hailstorm and rain damage on wheat, mustard, potato, and tomato crop reached a total of 2,534 acres in Ladwa block of Kurukshetra district, said officials of agriculture and revenue departments on Thursday. Kurukshetra deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel said, "On Thursday, more farmers applied for compensation of wheat crop loss under the crop insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana).
The hail which cut across Canterbury last month has left damage in its wake likely to have lasting effects for months to come. There have been widespread reports of damage to crops, vehicles, homes and buildings. Anything exposed to the brief, but violent deluge of hailstones — some as large as golf balls — on November 20 was at risk.
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