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Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi reach NT$2.58 billion

2016/10/02 22:09:59

Banana farm in Yunlin in the aftermath of Typhoon Megi.

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Estimate of agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi, which swept Taiwan last Tuesday, had risen to NT$2.58 billion (US$82.4 million), according to the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Sunday.

Crop damage accounted for most of the losses at about NT$2.22 billion, with rice farmers taking the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$385.75 million, followed by growers of bananas, guavas, bamboo shoots and grapes.

Chiayi County in the south suffered the heaviest losses at NT$492.19 million, followed by Yunlin County with NT$490.27 million, Kaohsiung with NT$287.20 million, Changhua County with NT$279.80 million, Taichung with NT$217.50 million and Yilan County with NT$203.24 million, the COA said.

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 Tsai Yi-yu and S.C. Chang)