Palestinian growers in the Beit Lahia area have asked the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to help them weather the losses that were caused by three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around their fields. The rainfall also flooded greenhouses and subsequent soil erosion destroyed crops during the strawberry harvest season.
The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture estimated the initial value of damages and losses to farmers' lands as a result of the recent drop in temperatures in the northern part of the Gaza Strip at no less than $1 million, including total and partial damages. The ministry promised to issue a final figure after completing the inventory of all damages and losses.
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The heavy rains on Thursday in Beit Lahiya led to flooding and the erosion of about 138 acres owned by 75 farmers, mostly planted with strawberries, along with areas planted with potatoes, carrots, onions, courgettes and peas.