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Taiwan-China weather pact to help alleviate drought: CWB

Taiwan-China weather pact to help alleviate drought: CWB

Taipei, April 9 (CNA) A Taiwan-China agreement on meteorological cooperation will give Taiwan access to China's weather data, which will facilitate cloud seeding efforts to fight the island's worst drought in decades, a weather official said Thursday. The agreement will give Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau an early grasp of the movements of clouds over southern China when they start to move east toward Taiwan, said Central Weather Bureau Director-General Shin Tzay-chyn. The bureau will then pass on the information to the Water Resources Agency to give the agency an early start in its cloud seeding efforts, Shin said. The agreement will also lead to a more accurate rain forecast in western Taiwan, he added. According to the bureau, the agreement will give Taiwan access to data captured on radars along China's eastern coast so that Taiwan will be able to keep tabs on air masses, weather fronts and thunderstorm cells right after they form in China. The Cross-Strait Collaboration Agreement on Meteorology was signed in February 2014, but has yet to take effect due to stalled negotiations on a draft bill aimed at monitoring China-Taiwan agreements in the Legislature. (By Chen Wei-ting and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 05:26 GMT+08:00