Rome, August 2. (askanews) – The first summer storm arrives and damage is already counting, due to the strong hailstorm that hit the internal areas between Irpinia and Sannio yesterday afternoon, in particular the Ufita, Sabato and Caudina valleys. This was announced by Coldiretti Campania, which through the provincial federations of Avellino and Benevento is monitoring the territory to understand the extent of the damage.
Hail grains as big as ping pong balls have fallen in some areas of the territory without leaving any way out for olive groves, open field vegetables, orchards, vineyards and tobacco. Aided by the strong wind, the pieces of ice that came down from the sky shredded whatever they were in front of, destroying and annihilating any possibility of harvest. The phenomenon has particularly affected Castel Baronia, Casalbore, Villanova del Battista, Fontanarosa, Taurasi, Benevento and Roccabascerana, but reconnaissance is still ongoing. As is known, the virulence of the hailstorms is not uniform, but it is fiercely leopard-like.
The phenomenon developed south-east of the central Apennines in the upper Irpinia in the early afternoon and then went up north-west, investing Benevento and continuing towards the Caudina valley, and then reaching Naples in the evening. We are faced with the evident consequences of climate change also in Italy, where the exceptional nature of weather events is now the norm, with a tendency towards tropicalization which – explains Coldiretti – manifests itself with a higher frequency of violent demonstrations, seasonal mismatches, short and intense rainfall and the rapid transition from the sun to bad weather.
A phenomenon aggravated by the consumption of soil with the abandonment of the countryside and the cementing which – Coldiretti reports – in the last 25 years has made 28% of the countryside disappear. The erosion of agricultural land for the benefit of asphalt, buildings and sheds causes the phenomenon of waterproofing the soil which is unable to absorb water, increasing the hydrogeological risk. Since the beginning of the year, more than 70 storms have occurred along the peninsula with violent rainfall and water bombs, with an increase of 31% compared to the same period last year, confirming the ongoing climate changes they manifest with the multiplication of extreme events.