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Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi reach NT$2.29 billion

2016/09/30 21:15:49

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi, which swept Taiwan Tuesday, had reached some NT$2.298 billion (US$73.3 million) as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).

Crop damage accounted for most of the losses at about NT$2.06 billion, with 41,798 hectares of farmland impacted.

It said rice farmers took the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$333.98 million and damage to 16,050 hectares of farmland, followed by growers of bananas, guavas, grapes and peanuts.

The council said the total damage to private agricultural facilities was estimated at NT$152.27 million, with Kaohsiung, Yunlin County and Tainan suffering the heaviest losses.

The aquaculture sector faced NT$67.13 million in losses, while the livestock sector lost NT$11.98 million and the forestry sector lost NT$3.37 million, said the COA.

Chiayi County in the south suffered the heaviest losses at NT$469.69 million, or 20 percent of the national total, the COA said.

Yunlin County was next, reporting NT$446.90 million in agricultural losses, followed by Kaohsiung with NT$282.93 million in losses, Changhua County with NT$217.11 million and Taichung NT$192.26 million, the COA said.

The losses in the five areas of central and southern Taiwan accounted for about 70 percent of the national total.

Typhoon Megi made landfall Tuesday in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, causing seven deaths and 625 injuries and leaving 4.22 million households without power before moving westward toward mainland China early Wednesday.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Kuo Chung-han)