TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's agricultural sector has suffered an estimated NT$176 million (US$5,800,000) in losses after Typhoons Nesat and Haitang barreled through the island within less than 24 hours of each other, announced the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Monday.
Yilan bore the brunt of the punishment from Typhoon Nesat as the storm suddenly turned north after initially following a course for landfall in southern or eastern Taiwan, with an estimated NT$117.18 million in damages, some 67 percent of total losses nationwide, according COA numbers released at 11 a.m. Monday. The crops hardest hit in Yilan included onions, bananas, and guavas.
Pingtung County took the second hardest toll with losses of NT$41.71 million, or 24 percent of total nationwide damages, when it took a double hit of torrential rain from both storms in less than 24 hours. In third place was Hualien County with NT$6.04 million in losses (3 percent) and New Taipei City in fourth place with NT$3.88 million in damages (2 percent), the COA said.
The COA said that 1,834 hectares of crops suffered damage from the twin typhoons, representing 26 percent of the cultivated areas and resulting in NT$148.4 million in losses.
The crop hardest hit by the two typhoons in Taiwan were onions, with 169 hectares of crops affected amounting to NT$21.23 million in destruction, according to the COA. Other crops which were badly damaged include bananas, guavas, grapefruit, and mushrooms.
In addition, livestock losses amounted to NT$11.68 million, which was primarily comprised of the loss of chickens, ducks and pigs. Fishery losses added up to NT$15.29 million, while farming equipment suffered NT$640,000 in damages.