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Potential 'drought' in Taiwan (Weather)

by dulan drift, Friday, October 16, 2020, 20:49 (47 days ago) @ dulan drift

While the States have been smashed by hurricanes, there hasn't been a single typhoon hit Taiwan this year. That's the first time that's happened since 1964.

In a high density population, Taiwan relies on high rainfall to maintain water supplies - typhoons form a key part of that.

Part of the problem is that the reservoirs are not big enough - between typhoons and the monsoon rains they haven't needed to be - usually. I do remember about 20 years ago there were severe water restrictions in Taipei - it looks like that might be in play again this year.

According to this report:

"Water levels at many reservoirs are worryingly low, with the Mingde Reservoir (明德) in Miaoli County at only 20 percent capacity."

I wonder what the back up plan is if the reservoirs run dry?


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