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Huge swathes of farmland destroyed by hailstorms, Europe

The Watchers

By Theo Blaskovic

July 2, 2021

Very heavy rain, strong winds, and intense hailstorms affecting parts of central Europe during the second half of June 2021 left more than 66 000 ha (163 090 acres) of crops damaged or destroyed. The figure doubled within just a few days and it still might rise as damage assessment continues.

After the first surveys by crop insurance company Vereinigte Hagel (VVaG), they now expect damage of about 20 to 23 million euros, which is more than a double compared to the beginning of last week.

The worst affected countries are France, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Keep in mind that these figures are from insured crops by VVaG. The actual figures are much much higher.

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