Gale-force winds, hailstorm batter Malta

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/2/26 10:16:30

People catch stranded Sea Bream fish at Xemxija bay of St. Paul's Bay, Malta, Feb. 24, 2019. Severe weather starting on Saturday afternoon battered Malta as rain and strong winds whipped across this Mediterranean island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Because of the bad weather, hundreds of fish have been washed ashore at Xemxija bay. (Xinhua/Steve Zammit Lupi)


 

Photo take on Feb. 24, 2019 shows strong waves at Xemxija bay of St. Paul's Bay, Malta. Severe weather starting on Saturday afternoon battered Malta as rain and strong winds whipped across this Mediterranean island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Because of the bad weather, hundreds of fish have been washed ashore at Xemxija bay. (Xinhua/Steve Zammit Lupi)


 

A man holds a bucket while searching for Sea Bream fish stranded ashore at Xemxija bay of St. Paul's Bay, Malta, Feb. 24, 2019. Severe weather starting on Saturday afternoon battered Malta as rain and strong winds whipped across this Mediterranean island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Because of the bad weather, hundreds of fish have been washed ashore at Xemxija bay. (Xinhua/Steve Zammit Lupi)

Severe weather battered Malta this weekend as rain and strong winds whipped across this Mediterranean island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The bad weather started on Saturday afternoon with a hailstorm hitting most of Malta.

Record wind speeds of up to 101 km per hour were registered, uprooting trees, demolishing walls and damaging power lines. No injuries were reported, but the damage to property was estimated in the millions.

Farmers suffered a huge level of damage because their crops and structures were ruined by the strong winds. The losses amount to tens of thousands of euros each.

A number of flights had to be cancelled and all bus services to the coastal towns of Sliema and St. Julian's were suspended for most of Sunday.

The Maltese government is exploring the possibility of using the European Solidarity Fund to pay for damages caused by the storm.
 

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