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Agricultural losses from Typhoon Soudelor top NT$1.5 billion (update)

2015/08/10 22:21:36

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture elevated Monday its estimates of agricultural losses from Typhoon Soudelor in Taiwan to NT$1.55 billion (US$49.08 million).

Citing figures valid as of 6 p.m. Monday, the COA said Yunlin County in central Taiwan suffered the biggest agricultural losses, estimated at NT$253.15 million, followed by Tainan City with losses of NT$237.58 million, Yilan County NT$217.62 million, Kaohsiung City NT$163.6 million, Pingtung County NT$160.41 million and Hualien County NT$128.06 million.

Losses in the category of agricultural produce were estimated at NT$1.33 billion, with 24,657 hectares of crops affected, the COA said.

Bananas were the hardest hit crop, suffering losses of NT$252.01 million over 3,728 hectares, while pomelos, guavas, bamboo shoots and papayas were also damaged by the storm.

The damage to agricultural facilities totaled about NT$185.75 million, most of which was in Yunlin County and Kaohsiung City, the COA said.

It estimated the losses in the category of forestry at NT$20.73 million, in animal rearing at NT$14.22 million, and in fisheries at NT$1 million.

(By Yang Shu-min and Romulo Huang)