Typhoon devastates Taiwan agriculture

by Emily Wilson
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TAIWAN AUTHORITIES have estimated the country's crop losses due to Typhoon Bilis at U.S.$130 million. As communication links are repaired, the government expects the figure to rise even higher.

Taiwan's Council of Agriculture said more than 31,000 hectares (about 78,000 acres) of farm land across the island have been destroyed by powerful winds and torrential rains. With winds up to 320 kilometers (200 miles) per hour, Typhoon Bilis, a category-five storm, hit the island overnight Aug. 22, leaving 11 people dead, eight missing and 101 injured.