Southern Taiwan: Tornado damages 120 hectares of fruit plantations

This Monday, two townships in southern Taiwan suffered a total of NT$20 million (US$640,000)-worth in agricultural losses as more than 120 hectares of fruit plantations were damaged by a tornado.

The tornado touched down at two villages in Linbian and Nanzhou townships in Pingtung County in the afternoon, uprooting trees, electricity poles and collapsing houses.

After the balance was made up, a total of 121.5 hectares of fruit had been destroyed, said Huang Kuo-jung, chief of Pingtung's Department of Agriculture, adding that bell fruit, bananas and assorted fruits and vegetables were the worst-affected.

Focustaiwan.tw explains that Pingtung County will further assess the situation together with officials from the agriculture and food agency, the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Office and other local offices, Huang said.


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