The Council of Agriculture says that damages from heavy rain last week have reached almost NT$70 million (US$2.3 million). That includes damage to both crops and farming communities.
Yunlin county, located in central-southern Taiwan, was hit hardest by flash floods, followed by New Taipei City, Nantou County and Chiayi County.
One of the hardest hit crops was rice. Flood waters seriously damaged rice seedlings transplanted in March and April. Other hard-hit crops include watermelons, corn, peanuts and tomatoes.
The heavy rainfall has prompted the government to reexamine its water management program. On Monday, Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said the government has more than NT$30 billion (US$1 billion) to deal with the issue.
First, because county and city governments each keep lists of flood-prone areas that they manage, they must report their needs and the central government will fully cooperate. The second [issue] involves rivers that cross county and city borders. The central government has data [on this] and if there are areas with more serious concerns, it will coordinate with city and county governments, and those issues will be handled first," said Hsu.
Source: Radio Taiwan International