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Agriculture hit hard by successive storms

2013/08/29 21:13:46

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) The agricultural sector is reeling from damage after two tropical storms battered Taiwan within a week, causing losses of over NT$100 million (US$3.34), according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).

The council estimated that damage to crops, livestock and farming facilities came out to NT$134.57 million as of 5 p.m. Thursday, as advisories for "extremely heavy rain" remained in place for much of southern and central Taiwan.

Tropical Storm Trami made its way through Taiwan on Aug. 21, followed one week later by Kong-Rey on Aug. 28, which brought heavy rains despite not making landfall.

Despite the impact on agriculture, major science parks saw little damage from the latest storm.

The Industrial Development Bureau said that the Central Taiwan Science Park and Southern Taiwan Science Park remained unaffected as local media broadcast images of flooding in nearby cities.

In Yunlin County in the south, only six companies in the smaller Fongtian Industrial Park had sustained damage that came out to NT$4.05 million, the bureau said.

Kong-Rey dumped over 500 milimeters of rain across the south of the country Thursday, causing widespread flooding in some districts and landslides in mountainous regions.

As of 5 p.m., landslide warnings were listed around 307 rivers in the region.

(By Lin Hui-chun, Lin Shen-hsu and Sofia Wu)