Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hail damages thousands hectares of vineyards in Kakheti

19.07.2012 (Hvino News) Georgia has endured a storm with heavy rains, hail, and strong winds hitting the eastern part of the country. Crops were ruined, especially vine, and houses damaged in the Gurjaani and Telavi districts of the Kakheti region - main wine-producing region of Georgia.  11,000 hectares of vineyards were severely damaged.

Last night's rain, hail and windstorm have inflicted serous damage on the Telavi, Gurjaani and Lagodekhi districts of the Kakheti Region. The situation is particularly grave in Telavi, where the windstorm unroofed several dozens of houses; the walls of several houses have been also collapsed. Many families have been left homeless due to the disaster, which has also destructed vineyards, fruit gardens and agricultural lands. The flood caused by the rain killed poultry and cattle.

Windstorm has torn down electricity wires leaving the region disconnected from electricity network. The reservoirs of drinking water systems have been also damaged.

Prime Minister and the head of the president's administration are already in Kakheti preparing to hold a special session of the government. The Cabinet will discuss the measures, which the government will do to eliminate the consequences of the disaster and allocate funds from state budget.

© Hvino News

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