Rain Apocalypse 2.0: Taiwan reservoirs flooded with 267.68 million tons of water

After bone dry fall, massive rains hit over the weekend rivaling June's Plum Rain Apocalypse

Road in Taroko Gorge becomes waterfall. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a bone dry fall, thanks to the periphery of Tropical Storm Khanun, Taiwan saw a repeat performance of the Plum Rain Apocalypse four months ago over the weekend, wreaking havoc across the island.

The rains brought by Khanun were so massive that the Ministry of Economic Affairs estimates that as of 7 a.m. yesterday (Oct. 15), Taiwan's 13 reservoirs accumulated a total of 267.68 million tons of water, with Feitsui Reservoir and Shimen Reservoir each receiving 100 million tons of water, reported UDN.

According to Water Resources Agency (WRA) statistics, Feitsui Reservoir saw 469 mm of rain by 7 a.m. yesterday. The reservoir has an effective storage capacity of 315.53 million tons, and since Oct. 11, 92.81 million tons of water has poured in. Shimen Reservoir saw 278 mm in cumulative rainfall over that period and with an effective storage capacity of 184. 74 million tons, the amount of water in the reservoir increased by 61.41 million tons since Oct. 11. 

Other than Mingte Reservoir, which is at 54 percent capacity, and Zengwen and Wushan, which are at 64 percent, the other 11 reservoirs in Taiwan are now at least at 80 percent capacity. Fentsui, Shimen and Wushoh are at 90 percent capacity. 

This massive amount of rainfall wreaked havoc over the weekend with almost 14,530 households around Taiwan have complained of power failures on Friday. Taitung County decided to close offices and schools Saturday afternoon, while rail traffic in several parts of the country also suffered under the downpours.

Also on Saturday, a landslide hit the Hoya Hot Springs Resort and Spa in the Taitung County resort town of Zhiben (知本). At least one person was reported dead, a truck driver who crashed with his vehicle down an embankment in Gongliao (貢寮), New Taipei City, possibly because of slippery road conditions due to the rain.


Truck driver died when his truck slipped off embankment in Gongliao. (CNA image)

On Sunday, a cargo ship from Panama became stranded due to the bad weather. 


Stairway for Hot Springs hotel turns into waterfall. (CNA image)


Flooded Hot Springs hotel. (CNA image)


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Road swept way in Yilan. (CNA image)


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