According to statistics released by the Council of Agriculture (COA), between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, Taiwan’s agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry industries, and other privately-operated facilities, are estimated to have suffered losses amounting to NT$341.86 million from the impact of the gale-force winds and torrential rain caused by Typhoon Megi.
According to COA analysis on financial losses sustained at a county and municipal city level, estimated losses are: Yilan County NT$117.88 million, or 34 percent; Kaohsiung NT$59.2 million, or 17 percent; Taichung NT$57.62million, or 17 percent and Miaoli County NT$24.96 million, or 7 percent, with losses in the first three regions the most severe.
Total losses for the agricultural industry are estimated at NT$332.36 million with an area of 6,065 hectares of crops thought to have been damaged. The rate of damage is estimated to be 23 percent which means that 1,383 hectares of land will be unable to be harvested.
The council’s statistics show that the main crop damaged by the typhoon was guavas with 294 hectares of guava crop have been damaged, causing an estimated NT$47.52 million worth of losses.
(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)
1. loss n. 損失
2. gale-force wind n phr. 強風
3. torrential rain n. phr. 豪雨
4. damage n. 損害
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