Severe hailstorm devastates 2,000 ha Kakheti vineyards in Georgia

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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)
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