Heavy rain damages five thousand dunams of farmland in western Hama

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Hama - SMART

Heavy rainfall damages more than five thousand dunams (1 dunam = 1 square kilometer) of farmland in the al-Ghab Plain area in western Hama, Central Syria.

Mosaab al-Ashqar, a member of the Hama governorate council, reported on Saturday that rainwater submerged more than five thousand dunams of farmland in the al-Ziyarah area due to the absence of drainage channels to carry the water to the Orontes River.

Al-Ashqar said that more than 10 drainage channels need to be unblocked in order to drain the water, adding that the Civil Defense tried to clear the channels earlier, but their limited means prevented them. Al-Ashqar also condemned the absence of support from agricultural organizations.

Abdul Basit al-Salloum, an agricultural engineer, said that farmers lost about $500 thousand dollars worth of crops after the rainwater damaged their lands, which were planted with wheat, barley, chickpeas, and peavines. The loss was estimated at 257,615,000 Syrian pounds.

Al-Salloum added that the rainwater will cause a delay in planting winter crops, such as eggplants, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Al-Salloum said that the fields in the al-Ghab Plain are considered the only source of income for the people of the area. The al-Ghab Plain is considered the "food basket" of Northern Syrian in general, and Hama in particular.

A week earlier, a rainstorm hit parts of Central, Northern, and Eastern Syria, killing and injuring people in landslides and house collapses, blocking roads, and destroying the tents of thousands of internally displaced people living in camps.

Farmers in the areas outside Syrian government forces control suffer from several difficulties, most important of which are bombings, high agricultural costs, and floods that damage farmlands, causing a significant decline in production compared to previous years.

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