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Agriculture losses from Typhoon Tembin reach NT$196.87 million

Agriculture losses from Typhoon Tembin reach NT$196.87 million

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Total agricultural losses from Typhoon Tembin, which brought heavy rainfall to parts of eastern and southern Taiwan, had reached NT$196.87 million (US$6.57 million) as of Monday, according to the Council of Agriculture. As of 2 p.m. that day, losses in Taitung County in the east of the country were estimated at NT$99.902 million, while losses in Pingtung and Hualien counties, as well as Kaohsiung City, were estimated at NT$56.494 million, NT$39.54 million and NT$938,000, respectively. Of the total losses, damage to agricultural produce was estimated at NT$136.08 million, with over 2,457 hectares of farmland damaged, the council said. Lychees, bananas, watermelons and loquats were the most heavily affected crops, it added. Damage to aquaculture products was estimated at NT$18.25 million, while losses in the poultry industry totaled NT$1.09 million, the council said. Damage to relevant facilities was estimated at NT$41.3 million. According to Pingtung county government officials, more than 800 residents in disaster-prone areas had been evacuated as the Central Weather Bureau issued a second land warning for Typhoon Tembin at 2:30 a.m. that day after the storm regained strength and dramatically changed its course to a northeasterly direction. The change of course meant that the storm was heading back toward Taiwan after pounding the south of the island with the heaviest rain to hit the area in more than a century a few days earlier. As of 8:30 p.m., Tembin was centered some 140 km southwest of Eluanbi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, packing sustained winds of 119 kph with gusts up to 155 kph, the bureau said, adding that the eye of the typhoon was expected to be located some 90 km north-northeast of Eluanbi as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. (By Huang Chiao-wen, Kuo Chih-hsuan and Hanna Liu)


Updated : 2021-07-24 14:04 GMT+08:00