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Weathermen warn of torrential rain in central and southern Taiwan

Weathermen warn of torrential rain in central and southern Taiwan

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Sunday warned of torrential rain in central and southern Taiwan's mountainous areas, while heavy rain brought by a plum rain front has slightly eased drought conditions in southern and northern Taiwan.
Mountainous areas in Taichung and Kaohsiung cities, Nantou, Hualien, Chiayi and Pingtung counties and Xinwu District of Taoyuan City have experienced extremely heavy rain, meaning more than 130 millimeters of rainfall in 24 hours, according to the CWB.
The warning of torrential rain in central and southern Taiwan means more than 200mm of rain would fall in 24 hours, with extremely heavy rain expected in areas of northern, central and eastern Taiwan, the bureau said.
From Friday to 8 a.m. on Sunday, Zengwen Reservoir in Chiayi County recorded 136.1mm of rainfall, increasing reserves by an estimated 18 million cubic meters, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said.
Meanwhile, Nanhua Reservoir in Tainan recorded 149.6mm of rainfall and an increase in reserves of about 7 million cubic meters.
Also in southern Taiwan, Kaoping River Weir recorded 143.9mm of rainfall and runoff from the river increased to 230 cubic meters per second, the WRA said.
As a result of plum rain, reserves at Zengwen Reservoir had risen to 13.72 percent of capacity, or 64.92 million cubic meters, as of 11 a.m. on Sunday, after falling to 11.60 percent of capacity on Thursday night, according to WRA figures.
Reserves at Nanhua Reservoir had risen to 14.70 percent of capacity, or 14.27 million cubic meters, as of 6 a.m. on Sunday, up from 12.55 percent of capacity two days ago.
Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, recorded 47.3mm of rainfall and reserves increased by an estimated 7.69 million cubic meters, according to the WRA.
Reserves at Shihmen Reservoir had risen to 39.10 percent of capacity, or 78.68 million cubic meters, as of Sunday morning.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Yang Shu-min and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:59 GMT+08:00