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Hualien suffers heaviest agricultural losses in storm

Hualien suffers heaviest agricultural losses in storm

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Taiwan had suffered agricultural losses of NT$143.34 million (US$4.53 million) due to Typhoon Soudelor as of 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA). In a very preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the typhoon that is likely to increase in the coming days, the COA said Hualien County in eastern Taiwan suffered the biggest losses at NT$87.04 million. It was followed by Taoyuan City at NT$18.4 million, New Taipei at NT$9.64 milion, Nantou County at NT$7.55 million and Miaoli County at NT$7.31 million. Losses to agricultural produce were estimated at NT$85.87 million, with 1,832 hectares of crops affected. Bananas were the hardest hit crop, suffering losses of NT$26.54 million over 382 hectares, with pomelo, taro and papaya crops also hurt by the storm. Forestry losses were estimated at NT$40.37 million, while animal raising losses totaled NT$110,000, and the damage done to agricultural facilities was estimated at NT$16.99 million, much of which occurred in the Taoyuan area. (By Tsai Yu-shu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 14:01 GMT+08:00