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Typhoon death toll rises to 3 as missing person found dead

TAIPEI -- A 57-year-old man was found dead in Pingtung County yesterday, after he went missing while climbing nearby mountains one day earlier, bringing the number of deaths from Typhoon Soulik to three, according to officials.

The man, surnamed Chan, was discovered by rescuers at 6:29 a.m. at the Liangshan Waterfall in Majia Township during a second attempt to find him, according to local authorities.

Typhoon Soulik has so far left three dead, one missing and 123 injured, according to the latest government figures.

On Saturday, a 50-year old policeman in New Taipei died after being struck in the head by a brick that had blown off a house during strong winds, while a 54-year-old woman in Miaoli died after falling from a rooftop.

The missing person was reported to have fallen into a river in Taichung that day, but rescuers have been unable to locate both the missing person and the witness who notified police.

The Central Weather Bureau lifted land warnings for Soulik on Saturday afternoon.

Agricultural Losses Exceed NT$400 Mil.

Taiwan's agricultural sector suffered losses estimated at NT$400.61 million (US$13.47 million) as a result of Typhoon Soulik as of 4 p.m. yesterday, according to the Council of Agriculture.

The figure includes NT$369.64 million in agricultural produce losses, NT$649,000 in losses of livestock and forestry, and NT$30.32 million in damage to facilities.

Nantou County suffered the heaviest loss of NT$88.11 million, while losses in Yilan County, Miaoli County and Taichung City were estimated at NT$85.36 million, NT$74.74 million and NT$51.4 million, respectively.

Crops of rice, bananas, pears, guavas and bamboo were the most heavily affected when Soulik brought strong winds and heavy downpours as it swept past northern Taiwan late Friday and early Saturday.

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A destroyed section of a mountain road is seen in Miaoli County, yesterday. A total of 61 people were still trapped in Miaoli's Dahu Township yesterday after Typhoon Soulik washed away a section of road in the township. Around 200 meters of the road collapsed into a 200-meter-deep valley a day earlier, leaving more than 20 households stranded in a village. (CNA)

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