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Government gears up to fight drought

Government gears up to fight drought

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) The government upgraded the level of its drought response team Friday as water levels around the country continued to drop due to scant rainfall this spring. The team is now headed by Vice Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun, with Water Resources Agency Director-General Yang Wei-fu serving as its deputy convener, agency officials said. The upgraded team is scheduled to hold its first meeting March 27 to discuss possible measures to fight drought and reduce its impact on the public, the officials said. First-phase water rationing has been adopted in the Taoyuan and Kaohsiung areas as well as New Taipei's Linkou district, with water pressure reduced at night to conserve resources. Peng Chi-ming, president of Weather Risk Explore Inc., predicted that further water rationing measures will become inevitable in April and May if the dry weather persists. Meteorologist Wu Der-rong, meanwhile, said Taiwan often suffers from water shortage in winter and spring because there is too much reliance on spring rains. He said Taiwan must address the problem by "conserving existing water resources and developing new ones." This means Taiwan needs to build more reservoirs and encourage the industrial, agricultural and household sectors to use less water, he said. (By Huang Chiao-wen, Lin Shen-hsu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-18 02:52 GMT+08:00