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Central Taiwan records heaviest rainfall of current weather system

Central Taiwan records heaviest rainfall of current weather system

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Central Taiwan had recorded the most significant rainfall as of early Wednesday afternoon, thanks to a strong plum rain front currently affecting the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). As of 3:30 p.m., Dajia District in Taichung topped all areas of Taiwan, with daily accumulated rainfall of 175 mm, followed by the city's Waipu District with 169.5 mm and Da-an District with 157 mm, bureau data shows. The Water Resource Agency (WRA) also issued warnings for flooding in Taichung and neighboring Changhua to the south, while the bureau said areas affected by torrential rain could gradually expand beyond northern and central Taiwan to reach southern parts of the island. The good news is that the front has brought much-needed rain to regions battling the worst drought over the past decade, including Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan, which supplies most northern Taiwan cities, currently under second-phase water rationing. Parts of New Taipei and Taoyuan are currently under a second-phase water rationing, according to the WRA, which added the the plum rain has added about 3.6 million cubic meters of water to the reservoir, a timely input that could help boost water supplies. In Taiwan, first-phase water rationing means reduced water pressure at night, while second-phase means the water supply is restricted to consumers who usually use more then 1,000 cubic meters per month, and third-phase rationing cuts the water supply to entire areas on a rotating basis. But things in southern Taiwan, which is already under third-phase water rationing, have not been so good, the WRA said. For instance, Nanhua Reservoir in Tainan, which supplies water to Tainan and Kaohsiung, received no rain at all Wednesday, while its water level continued to drop. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 05:43 GMT+08:00