Soudelor leaves ‘NT$3.34 bil. in agriculture losses’
Typhoon Soudelor brought an accumulated NT$3.34 billion in damages to Taiwan’s agriculture, forestry, fisheries and animal husbandry, the Council of Agriculture (MOA, ) reported yesterday.
The amount of damage was the sixth highest since the MOA started recording typhoon damage in 2006.
Agricultural damage totaled more than NT$2.34 billion, of which bananas account for the largest loss (NT$460 million), followed by bamboo shoots, guava, papaya and shaddock (NT$100 million to NT$200 million each). Up to 42,261 hectares of farmland endured damage, the COA said.
Animal husbandry l osses amounted to NT$22.57 million, with losses of 157,000 chicken, 64,000 ducks and 475 pigs.
Fisheries losses are pegged at NT$83.57 million, with oysters and koi making up the majority of the cost. Forestry losses registered at NT$34.07 largely due to tree damage.
Also, NT$55.20 million worth of damage was recorded on civil buildings and structures, according to the COA.
With regards to the damage suf- fered geographically, Chiayi topped the list with NT$680.56 million in losses, making up 22 percent of Taiwan’s total loss.
Yunlin ranked the second and suffered NT$319.9 million in damage. Kaohsiung ranked the third losing NT$312.6 million.
Tainan and Changhua are the firth and sixth highest, losing NT$310.94 million and NT$296.06, respectively.
Pingtung and Yilan suffered NT$241.08 and NT$216.67 million in losses, respectively. Taichung and Hualien each lost about NT$100 million.
Many local governments have applied for cash assistance, and Changhua’s application is likely to meet the requirement, the COA said.
Looking at typhoon damage in the past, the biggest damage was brought by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, in the amount of NT$27.57 billion.
Typhoon Fanapi in 2010 caused the second largest amount of damage – NT$8.12 billion.
Typhoon Krosa in 2007 caused a loss of NT$7.81 billion, making it the third most damaging typhoon in Taiwan’s history.