Severe hailstorm devastates 2,000 ha Kakheti vineyards in Georgia

Hailstorm devastated vineyards in Kakheti (Kvareli Municipality)
Over dozen villages of wine-producing Kvareli Municipality, Kakheti province, were hit by a severe hailstorm overnight on Thursday almost totally devastating harvest in the affected territory, damaging houses and vehicles and tearing down trees
According to Kvareli Gamgeoba, hailstorm lasted about 25 minutes destroying mostly vineyards.
Otar Danelia, Minister of Agriculture, told Interpressnews that, according to the preliminary assessment, the storm destroyed about 2,000 hectares of vineyards.
Heavy rain also caused floods and landslides in neighboring  Akhmeta and Lagodekhi municipalities.
Anti-hail rocket systems installed by the government in Kakheti didn’t help to prevent hailstorm. Delta, a company producing the systems, explained that anti-hail rockets are effective only when hail clouds are in the process of formation, but on Thursday they had to deal with already formed clouds, which appeared from South West.
Hailstorm in Kakheti (Kvareli Municipality)
“The cloud moved to the north and stopped near Caucasus range hitting Akhmeta surrounding areas,” spokesperson for Delta said adding that the systems were operational, but there was no point to use them.
Houses were flooded in Lagodekhi, while a landslide blocked a road in Akhmeta. Heavy rain also damaged Pshaveli-Abano-Omalo road, which was blocked on Friday for restoration works.
Emergency workers spend whole night to help affected families. Emergency crews were additionally sent from Tbilisi for assistance.
Hailstorm in Kakheti (Kvareli Municipality)
Hailstorm in Kakheti (Kvareli Municipality)
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