Usagi costs agriculture sector US$1.25m

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Sep 24, 2013 - Page 4

Typhoon Usagi caused an estimated NT$37.22 million (US$1.25 million) in agricultural losses as of 11am yesterday, the Council of Agriculture said.

Of the total losses, NT$36.65 million were sustained in the produce sector, NT$159,000 in livestock and forestry and NT$416,000 was in damage to agricultural facilities, the council said.

Taitung County suffered the heaviest toll of any administrative district, with agricultural losses of NT$19.11 million, it said.

Agricultural losses in Pingtung County were estimated at NT$15.86 million and at NT$2.24 million in Hualien County, according to data from the council.

The crops most heavily affected by the typhoon were bananas, sugar-apples, wax apples, papayas and jujubes, it added.

Typhoon Usagi brought heavy rain and strong winds from Thursday through Sunday, which particularly affected the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Usagi has moved away from Taiwan, but rainy weather may continue in some parts of the country this week due to the moist air from the typhoon and the strengthening of a northeast monsoon, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Afternoon thunderstorms are expected in the northern and central parts of the country today, the bureau said.

From tomorrow evening, the monsoon could cause temperatures to drop about 4°C in northern and northeastern Taiwan, it said.

From Wednesday until Friday, daily highs of 28°C to 31°C are expected in these areas, with lows forecast to range between 22°C and 24°C, according to the bureau.

During that period, northern and eastern parts of the country may see intermittent showers, while the southern and mountainous areas of central Taiwan could see occasional thunderstorms, the bureau said.

Warmer and drier weather is expected from Friday through Sunday, as the northeasterly winds weaken, it added.

Eastern and southern Taiwan, and mountainous areas in the north and central parts of the nation may see rain this weekend, but other areas are expected to see cloudy to sunny weather, the bureau said.