“Parishes in the vineyard and orchard areas, such as Cambres, Sande and the town of Lamego, Várzea de Abrunhais, Britiande and Valdigem, mainly on Sunday, suffered extremely serious damage, with several situations of 100% crop damage,” the mayor of Lamego, Angelo Moura, told Lusa news agency on Monday.
"Every time we go out for hoeing the maize saplings, the rain and hailstorms start. Till now, our net sown area of around 5 kanals of land has been devastated by unseasonal hailstorms four times," said an anxious-looking Guddo Devi. The 26-year-old was preparing the firewood to make dinner for her three children while speaking about the calamity.
According to La Unio de Llauradors' first emergency assessment, yesterday's storms affected some 3,000 hectares of crops in the provinces of Valencia and Castellon, and initial losses could amount to nearly 2 million euro. The storms arrived unexpectedly. The AEMET did not foresee any type of precipitation and no yellow alert had been declared.
A hailstorm damaged orchards and standing crops in multiple hamlets of Chowkibal area, creating havoc among the locals here. The hailstorm caused damage in areas including Hachmarg and many hamlets of Chowkibal, leaving farmers shattered. “The hailstorm started in afternoon which lasted for 10 minutes causing huge loss to orchards including apple, almond, walnut and cherry besides substantially damaging standing crops, vegetables and paddy saplings,” said a local.
Northern Jammu and Kashmir were lashed by a devastating hailstorm, causing heavy damage to standing crops and fruit trees. Fruit growers in the valley have expressed concern over the damage caused to apple blossoms, walnuts, pears and other standing crops due to heavy hail storm yesterday. It struck several areas of northern Kashmir, especially the upper belt of Rafiabad block Rohama.
Late last week, rain and hail struck northern parts of Moldova. The agricultural lands of the Soldanesti region suffered the most from the hail. Large hailstones seriously damaged tens of hectares of fruit orchards in some villages of the region. Still, insurance company experts argue that there are few cases of requests from farmers to conduct damage surveys.
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