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Spain: Hail caused total losses in apple and pear in Aragon

Even though there hasn't been an assessment from Agroseguro, it's safe to say that the hailstorm that hit Maluenda, Paracuellos, and Miedes, in the region of Calatayud, on Monday virtually destroyed 100% of the pear and apple harvest.

According to Francisco Ponce, a member of the Regional Executive of UAGA, some farmers have already reported the loss of their entire apple and pear crops, which also have lost their leaves.

The weight of the hail also caused damage to the anti-hail nets that protected the trees on some farms. On Tuesday morning, Ponce said, the nets still had remnants of hail.

It only rained in Calatayud and, although there was a large volume of water, 34 liters in 28 minutes, cherry crops were not affected.

The head of planning of Calatayud, Mercedes Sarrate, inspected the most affected areas to assess the damage.

In a statement, Sarrate said the floods in the low areas of the city had been lower than in previous year because of the change of sanitation networks and that the ditch of Pozas had also evacuated the waters well.

Sarrate said there were moments of chaos during the storm because there had been much water in a short time, but that she hadn't observed any damage.

The rainfall registered in Calatayud was 45.2 liters per square meter, in Tarazona 21.2 liters per square meter, and in La Almunia de Dońa Godina 16.2. Rainfall was also recorded in Sos del Rey Catolico (11.1 l /m2) and in Ejea de los Caballeros 9.4.

According to the Meteorological Agency, there were early morning rains mainly in the province of Huesca, 42.4 liters per square meter in Seira, 33 in Benasque, 31.4 in Bielsa, 28.8 in Biescas, and 22.4  in Ainsa. In Zaragoza the rainfall left 9.2 liters.

Source: EFE

Publication date: 7/8/2016


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