Little damage caused by Typhoon Wipha: COA


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday that Typhoon Wipha, which swept through northern and northeastern Taiwan a day earlier, has affected crops in areas north of Miaoli, although the damage is not excessive.

COA officials said that according to initial damage reports by local governments, the typhoon damaged about 24 hectares of crops, with losses estimated at NT$7.8 million. Persimmon orchards in Hsinchu County suffered the brunt, but there was no major damage reported in central and southern Taiwan, the officials said.

As traffic in mountainous areas of Miaoli and Hsinchu was disrupted due to heavy rain, the damage in those areas had yet to be assessed, they added.

The Central Weather Bureau lifted its warning that day for Typhoon Wipha, which brought strong wind and heavy rain, while the COA also lifted a warning for river flooding and mudslides.