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Typhoon Saola causes over US$27 million in agricultural losses

2012/08/06 22:38:25

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Agricultural losses in Taiwan resulting from Typhoon Saola had reached NT$812.51 million (US$27.14 million) countrywide as of Monday morning, according to Council of Agriculture figures.

As of 10 a.m. losses resulting from damage to agricultural produce were estimated at NT$555.20 million, with bananas the most heavily affected crop, with losses of NT$125.59 million, followed by lychees with losses of NT$76.22 million, the figures showed.

Losses in the livestock sector were assessed at NT$4.09 million, those in the fishery sector at NT$52.97 million and those in the forestry sector were estimated at NT$7.72 million, the council said.

Among the losses in the fishery sector, Toucheng Township in Yilan County suffered the heaviest losses at NT$20.34 million.

Meanwhile, damage to farmland and agricultural facilities was estimated at NT$189.73 million as of Monday, the council said, adding that 163.4 hectares of farmland were washed away.

According to the council, farmers and fishermen in Taitung, Yilan, and Huailen counties are eligible to apply for low-interest loans to compensate them for their losses.

The typhoon wreaked havoc along Taiwan's eastern coast for most of last week, dumping heavy rain in northern and eastern Taiwan and causing widespread flooding.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Hanna Liu)
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