Tropical depression looms
A tropical depression that formed over the Philippines early yesterday is likely to develop into a storm as it moves toward Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said. As of 10am yesterday, the depression was about 930km south-southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), moving northwest at 15kph, forecasters said. The depression could affect Taiwan as it continues to strengthen, the bureau said. Though it is not likely to affect the nation in the next few days, the bureau said, boats in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines should be on the alert.
Soulik costs NT$1 billion
Agricultural losses in the wake of Typhoon Soulik, which battered Taiwan on Friday and Saturday, were estimated at NT$1.15 billion (US$39 million) yesterday, according to the Council of Agriculture. The figure comprised an aggregate of approximately NT$1.03 billion in agricultural produce, NT$10.81 million in the livestock, forestry, and fishery sectors, and NT$104.25 million worth of damage to facilities. Among the most severely devastated crops were pears, persimmons, bananas, rice and bamboo. The majority of fishery losses were from Yilan County, where the typhoon made landfall. Nantou County suffered the heaviest losses overall, totalling NT$229.86 million, while losses in Miaoli County, Greater Taichung and Yilan County were estimated at NT$216.56 million, NT$208.09 million, and NT$170.72 million, respectively. The council said that farmers who suffered losses in these regions are eligible for subsidies, adding that farmers from New Taipei City (新北市), Nantou, Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties are eligible to apply for low-interest loans.