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Agricultural losses from Typhoon Parma total NT$29.5 million
Central News Agency
2009-10-06 08:15 PM
Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Losses in the agricultural sector from Typhoon Parma totaled NT$29.53 million, with Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan suffering the heaviest damage, the Cabinet- level Council of Agriculture (COA) reported Tuesday.

Torrential rain brought by Typhoon Parma Sunday and Monday in eastern Taiwan's Yilan and Hualien counties caused NT$11.43 million in damage to farms and local agriculture, while related facilities sustained damage of NT$18.1 million, according to the latest COA statistics.

Some 80 percent of the high-end Sanhsing green shallot grown in Yilan was destroyed in the flooding caused by the typhoon, a situation that is expected to push up the price of the crop in retail markets.

The Sanhsing farmer's association said that in 10 days time the output of locally grown green shallot might be only half of the normal level. The COA forecast that the production will return to normal in at least one month.

Yilan's green shallot crops account for 15 percent of the total amount grown nationwide.

Although Typhoon Parma did not make landfall on Taiwan, its outer bands brought as much as 1,500 mm of rainfall to Yilan, causing flooding in some 30 locations and triggering mudslides in several townships.

More than 800 residents in danger zones were evacuated between Sunday night and Monday morning. There were sporadic reports of accidents in the area, but no reports of deaths.

As of Tuesday morning, the floods in most of the inundated townships had receded. Across the country, traffic at 22 locations on highways and bridges was either closed or suspended as a result of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, traffic on the Suhua Highway, which links Yilan and Hualien, remained closed due to rockfalls and mudslides at six places along the road. The highway is expected to be fully reopened by Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, the Northern Link Railway, which was damaged on Monday, was repaired and two-way traffic had resumed.

As Typhoon Parma moved away from Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau lifted its sea warning against the storm Tuesday afternoon, but warned that the south eastern regions of the country and the Hengchun Peninsula on the southern tip should expect torrential rain.

(By Flor Wang)



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