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Agricultural losses from Typhoon Morakot rise to NT$15.8 billion

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Morakot rise to NT$15.8 billion

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Agricultural losses from Typhoon Morakot had surged to NT$15.81 billion (US$540.55 million) as of Tuesday, according to statistics released that day by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).
The COA said that Morakot, which pummeled Taiwan Aug. 7-9, caused serious damage to the agricultural sector in 11 counties, with Kaohsiung and Pingtung counties in southern Taiwan and Hualien and Taitung counties in the east the hardest hit.
The statistics show that damage to crops had amounted to NT$4.47 billion, with 27 percent of the crops on 74,997 hectares of farmland wiped out.
Bananas suffered the heaviest damage, with 6,307 hectares ravaged by strong winds and flooding, followed by papayas, guavas, rice, bamboo shoots, orchids, custard apples and leafy vegetables.
Bee losses amounted to NT$6.9 million.
Over 148,273 pigs, nearly 6.11 million chickens and around 1.54 million ducks perished in floods caused by the storm, bringing the total livestock losses to NT$1.48 billion, the COA said.
Damage to the aquaculture sector had amounted to NT$4.17 billion, the heaviest loss in 19 years, according to the statistics, with stock in some 9,162 hectares of fishponds or coastal areas washed away, it said.
Over 2,512 hectares of forestry was destroyed, while damage to all agricultural and fishery facilities amounted to NT$5.44 billion.
Damage to the fishery sector had surpassed NT$488 million, with the worst damage reported in Tainan City and Pingtung County.
The tallies also show that a total of 5,140 hectares of farmland had been either washed away or inundated, mostly in Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Chiayi counties, bringing the total losses in this respect to NT$4.58 billion.
(By Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2020-11-30 16:03 GMT+08:00