19:09 / 26.05.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Severe storms cause massive damage in northern Croatia

Flowers destroyed by storm in Varaždin County

Flowers destroyed by storm in Varaždin County

Foto: Vjeran Zganec Rogulja / PIXSELL

Along with millions of Kuna in damages to crops and companies, citizens from the eastern part of Varaždin County also saw the homes and cars destroyed by the hail storm that showered the region with walnut-sized balls of ice.

Northern Croatia was hit by a severe storm on Wednesday night, with hail destroying almost half of Croatia's total flower production. Family homes saw massive damage to roof-tops as the hail smashed through roof tiles, while cars were left with broken windshields and pock marks the size of golf balls. The hardest hit area was the eastern part of Varaždin County. Varaždin County Prefect Anđelko Stričak and Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković visited the area today.

"When you see all of these greenhouses, it's lucky that no one was in them when the storm hit, because had there been, today we'd be talking about how many people were injured and possibly even killed," Stričak said.

For her part the Agriculture Minister promised that government would help those affected by the storm: "We have a large measure for the reconstruction of this kind of production potential, and we will help people. We need to openly communicate the specifics of the challenge we all face, which is to enable them to resume work in a very short period of time, given the specifics of this kind of production."

Hail also ravaged the municipality of Hum na Sutli in Krapina-Zagorje County, damaging roofs, solar panels, crops and cars. The municipality has called for the County Prefect to declare a state of natural disaster. Municipal head Mario Antonić: "It all happened within a minute or two, it battered dozens of cars, destroyed numerous roofs, solar panels, the cars parks of the big companies here - such as OMCO and Vetropak, crops and fruit orchards have been destroyed. Simply put, this is a catastrophe."

A storm hit the Sisak area last night. The settlements of Greda, Sela and Odra Sisačka suffered the most, where hail caused damage to houses and farm buildings, and strong winds uprooted several trees. Miroslav Golub from the Sisak Fire Department: "48 firefighter and eleven trucks were dispatched to more than 30 locations. Within ten minutes of the tornado they were helping their fellow citizens remove debris and covering damaged houses and buildings with tarps."

Source: HRT

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