Agri­cul­tural losses from Typhoon Soude­lor mount

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Es­ti­mates of the agri­cul­tural losses Tai­wan suf­fered from Typhoon Soude­lor rose to NT$298.63 mil­lion (US$9.42 mil­lion) as of 9 a.m. Sun­day, with Hualien the hard­est-hit area.

The new fig­ure was dou­ble the NT$143.34 mil­lion in losses given by the coun­cil as of 2 p.m. Satur­day.

Agri­cul­tural losses in Hualien County ac­counted for 29 per­cent of the to­tal in the most re­cent es­ti­mate, fol­lowed by Taoyuan at 15 per­cent, and Miaoli and Yi­lan coun­ties at 11 per­cent each.

Es­ti­mates of the dam­age caused by the typhoon is likely to con­tinue to in­crease in the com­ing days.

Bananas were t he hard­est hit crop, suf­fer­ing losses of NT$47.75 mil­lion over 828 hectares, with pomelo, taro, bam­boo shoot and Chi­nese leeks (kow choi) also hurt by the storm.

Forestry losses were es­ti­mated at NT$15.85 mil­lion, and losses suf­fered by an­i­mal rais­ing oper­a­tions to­taled NT$4.88 mil­lion.

CNA

Nu­mer­ous Madou pome­los are seen scat­tered across the ground in Tainan yesterday, in the af­ter­math of Typhoon Soude­lor, which swept through Tai­wan over the week­end. Pomelo farm­ers gave an ini­tial es­ti­mate that they’ve suf­fered 50- to 60-per­cent losses. The clean­ing-up of grounded pome­los will also be a prob­lem for the farm­ers.

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