Typhoon Toraji causes NT$1.3 bil. in agricultural damage

The China Post staff

Typhoon Toraji moved westward away from Taiwan and toward Fujian province in mainland China yesterday but left a trail of destruction in its path across the island. Agricultural losses were estimated to be in excess of NT$1.245 billion in 10 counties, and power supplies were disrupted to 340,000 households.

Initial statistics compiled by the Council of Agriculture (COA) show that fruit, vegetables and other farm crops on over 11,700 hectares of farm land were affected, including more than 200 hectares of land that was washed away by the torrential rains. The areas hardest hit are in Hualien County on the east coast and Nantou County in central Taiwan.

Hualien bore the brunt of the onslaught after Typhoon Toraji made landfall near the river mouth of Shiuguluan Creek, which is a tourist attraction for rafting, early yesterday morning. Nantou is the only landlocked county in Taiwan and is still struggling to recover from devastation from a deadly earthquake two years ago.

COA officials estimate agricultural losses in Hualien and Nantou to be over NT$413 million and NT$581 million