Time & location
Level of gravity (max of H or M - 6 levels) : 1
State/Province (see map): State of Rift Valley
Precise location : Kericho region
Number of dead : 0
Number of missing : 0
Number of injured : 0
Number of evacuees : 0
Tea worth millions of shilling was yesterday destroyed by a hailstorm in Kericho. Farmers at Saoset village are counting. Former deputy chief of general staff Rtd Lt. Gen John Koech’s 21-acre tea plantation was destroyed.The heavy rain which was accompanied by hailstones extensively damaged the tea leaves on the farm. Farm workers have begun removing damaged tea stems to allow new leaves to sprout. Kitur said the plantation produces up to 2,100 kilo- grammes of tea a day.
The rains have caused havoc and losses to farmers during this planting season. At Finlays tea estate gen- eral manager Kipchumba Bullut said hailstorms are rare during the planting period. Most of their estates were not severely affected by the hailstorm. An official with the min- istry of agriculture advised farmers to use manure when planting their crops. He said this will help the plants recover faster from the disaster.
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