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Hurricane Florence hits North Carolina farms hard

Hurricane has killed about 5,500 pigs and hogs from the total of 8.9 million pigs and hogs.

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It has been seen that hurricane Florence has caused the worst damage to North Carolina’s hog farms. This is said to be the worst in the last two decades with more than about 5000 animals are dying along with several dozen waste lagoons have released the pollutants into the waterways.

Hurricane Florence hits North Carolina farms hard
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As per the statements of the Hog industry, it said that on Wednesday, the industry had not seen this type of destruction ever in the past. But now they did not expect much more damage to the farms even if the rivers are now rising in the state. The environmental groups are now calling for the industry to relocate the lagoons in the floodplains so that it will lessen the risks during the major storms which are going forward.

It was expected that the flooding was expected in North Carolina which is through Saturday as it was seen that till now many roads still under water, as per National Weather Service.

According to the chief executive of the North Carolina Pork Council, Andy Curliss, said that this is the most significant storm which we can face with probably ever in this decade. He added by saying that the farmers have moved nearly 20,000 hoghs to high ground. It has prevented a high death toll as from our point of view there is a lot of heroism act. He also said that the media reports about the damage to several states which was estimated at 3,300 active hog waste lagoons were said to be exaggerated.

Hurricane has killed about 5,500 pigs and hogs from the total of 8.9 million pigs and hogs. This number is higher than the Hurricane Matthew in the year 2016 but less than the 21,000 hogs that were killed when Hurricane Floyd hit in the year 1999, as per pork council members.

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