Relief fund set up for farmers struck by typhoon

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 August, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 7.05pm:
Hong Kong farmers suffering agricultural losses caused by Typhoon Prapiroon can seek compensation by registering with an emergency relief fund, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) says.

A department spokesman on Monday said 'an appropriate amount' from the relief fund would be allocated to affected farm households, according to the level of damage suffered.

The spokesman said relief would be available from Monday until August 15.

A preliminary investigation by department staffers showed that the typhoon affected about 80 hectares of New Territories farmland.

'After each typhoon or natural disaster, Agricultural Development Division staff inspect farmland areas in the New Territories to assess the subsequent agricultural damage,' the spokesman explained. 'Depending on the gravity of the damage, we will launch a relief operation to ease the financial hardship of affected farmers.'

He said applicants for the fund should register at the division's office on 5/F, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2, Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long. They can also call: 2476 2424.

Hong Kong emerged from last week's typhoon with relatively little damage compared with the southern mainland. There, the death toll from Typhoon Prapiroon is 57 - with a further 16 reported missing.

Landslides and floods toppled 6,400 houses and destroyed crops covering 17,200 hectares, according to reports.

As it moved inland, Prapiroon was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm. It made landfall in southern China on Thursday night and had affected nearly 3.7 million people in Guangdong.