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Heavy rains may stave off water rationing in Kaohsiung

Heavy rains may stave off water rationing in Kaohsiung

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Following recent downpours, planned third-phase water rationing in Kaohsiung may be called off as soon as Monday morning, Vice Economic Affairs Minister Yang Wei-fuu (???) said Sunday. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the key reservoirs of Nanhua (??) and Tsengwen (??) in drought-stricken southern Taiwan had each collected more than 200 millimeters of rainfall since Friday, contributing a combined 52 million cubic meters of water to their supplies. The Central Weather Bureau, meanwhile, issued rainstorm warnings for Kaohsiung City and Chiayi County in southern Taiwan, Hualien County in eastern Taiwan and Nantou County in central Taiwan, as accumulated precipitation exceeded 150 mm in each of those areas over the past 24 hours. As southwesterly winds increased, the bureau also urged residents of Changhua and Yunlin counties in western Taiwan to brace for continued heavy downpours that may cause flooding and mudslide. Meanwhile, the agency on Sunday evening issued flood warnings across southern Taiwan. It said that flooding was imminent in low-lying areas in Yunlin, Pingtung and Tainan. The Council of Agriculture's Soil and Water Preservation Bureau also issued landslide alerts and advised 3 townships and 11 rural villages in Kaohsiung and Chiayi to get ready for evacuation. In northern Taiwan, however, the rain is expected to let up, while sudden showers are forecast for parts of central and southern Taiwan. (By Chen Wei-ting, Yang Shu-min and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 23:53 GMT+08:00