Hailstorm in northern Croatia destroys near half of country’s flower production

NEWS 26.05.2022 11:19
Civilna zaštita

A hailstorm hit the north of Croatia on Wednesday afternoon, causing extensive damage on facilities and agricultural land and destroying almost half of the country's flower production.

The hailstorm hit the area along the border with Slovenia in Krapina-Zagorje County, a number of communities and towns in Varazdin County and a part of Medjimurje County.

Veliki Bukovec in Varazdin County and Hum na Sutli in Krapina-Zagorje County have suffered the most extensive damage.

Varazdin County head Andjelko Stricak visited the area of Veliki Bukovec, where 40% of Croatia’s flower production is located and where not a single greenhouse has remained undamaged.

Stricak said that local residents could not remember a hailstorm as strong as the one that happened on Wednesday and that almost half of the country’s flower production had been destroyed.

No casualties were reported.

Krapina-Zagorje County head Zeljko Kolar told the Croatian state news agency Hina that the hailstorm caused damage to roofs, roof windows and a large number of vehicles while agricultural crops along the Sutla River, on the border with Slovenia, were completely destroyed.

Parts of the northern Croatian Medjimurje County were hit by the storm as well, and county head Matija Posavec said that in some areas the hail was the size of walnuts.

All three county heads said that damage would be established and that further decisions on declaring a state of natural disaster were being prepared.

Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic is expected to hold a news conference on the situation on Thursday.


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