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Breaking Storm News: Australia

January 08, 2007 12:00am
FARMERS in the South Australian Riverland will take months to recover from an "annihilating" storm that has left the state's fruit bowl with a $10 million damage bill.
Drought-hit irrigators already struggling under River Murray water allocation cuts now expect to have lost at least $5 million worth of fruit after the true toll of Saturday's furious weather became apparent yesterday.
Pounding rain and 90km/h winds destroyed about 80ha of grapes, 80ha of apricots and peaches, and 40ha of apples and pears in an area 10km long and 1km wide. Many grape vines were flattened and apricots were blown from trees.
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