Taiwan’s agriculture takes a NT$176 million beating from twin Typhoons Nesart and Haitang
By: Keoni Everington,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s agricultural sector has suffered an estimated NT$176
million (US$5,800,000) in losses after Typhoons Nesat and Haitang barreled through the island within less than 24 hours of each other, announced the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Monday.
Yilan bore the brunt of the punishment from Typhoon Nesat as the storm suddenly turned north after initially following a course for landfall in southern or eastern Taiwan, with an estimated NT$117.18 million in damages, some 67 percent of total losses nationwide, according COA numbers released at 11 a.m. Monday. The crops hardest hit in Yilan included onions, bananas, and guavas.
Pingtung County took the second hardest toll with losses of NT$41.71 million, or 24 percent of total nationwide damages, when it took a double hit of torrential rain from both storms in less than 24 hours. In third place was Hualien County with NT$6.04 million in losses (3 percent) and New Taipei City in fourth place with NT$3.88 million in damages (2 percent), the COA said. [FULL STORY]