Agricultural losses from Typhoon Soudelor mount
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.
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.