Weather beaten

  • 14/04/2008

Extreme cold, ice and snow in 20 provinces of southern China since January have damaged crops of rapeseed, vegetables and fruits, along with some 190,000 hectares (ha) of winter wheat.

150,000 ha of rice fields were destroyed by a cold spell in Vietnam.

Intensification of seasonal rains in Ecuador caused floods and landslides, affecting 70,000 ha of farm land. The most affected crops are paddy, maize, cocoa, plantains, bananas and sugarcane. Equador might have to import rice.

Two waves of big floods followed by a cyclone destroyed Bangladesh's paddy crop.

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