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Soala causes about US$41.19 million in agricultural losses

2012/08/02 17:47:46

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) As of 10 a.m. Thursday, agricultural losses in three areas of Taiwan hard hit by Typhoon Saolo had reached NT$123.41 million (US$41.19 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

Losses resulting from damage to agricultural produce in Yilan and Hualien counties and Kaohsiung City were estimated at NT$28.41 million, with cabbages and watermelons the most heavily affected crops, the COA said.

In Yilan County, 95 hectares of farmlands were washed away, resulting in estimated losses of NT$95 million, the council said.

Meanwhile, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah said he has asked the COA to keep tabs on fluctuations in the prices of the vegetables, which tend to rise after a storm.

The COA could release frozen vegetables into the market Friday to meet demand, he said.

The average wholesale price of vegetables in Taipei markets rose from NT$30.7 on July 29, as the typhoon approached the island, to NT$34.1 per kilogram Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education reported an initial NT$650,000 in damage to schools due to the storm, saying that schools in Yilan County had suffered the worst damage.

Throughout the country, 141,192 households lost power during the storm and as of noon Thursday, 48,740 were still without electricity, according to Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

The water supply in northern Taiwan was also affected after a landslide occurred upstream from the Feitsui Reservoir that supplies Taipei.

The water in the reservoir has become more turgid and the supply has been reduced from 150 tons a day to 80 tons.

In Kaohsiung, the typhoon caused major disruptions to air travel. All domestic flights and most of the international flights at the southern city's airport were suspended in the morning.

(By Johnson Sun and Lilian Wu)
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