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Water shortage eased, but threat remains: officials

2013/04/18 11:48:23

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Days of heavy rain in Taiwan last week helped ease the country's water shortage, but officials cautioned Thursday that concern remains as a dry weather pattern could lie ahead.

A series of cold fronts brought weekly precipitation ranging from 50 to 100 millimeters across the country, with reservoirs in central Taiwan recording the most significant increases in water levels, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).

Among them are Baoshan in Hsinchu County and Techi in Taichung, which have reached storage capacities of 70.8 percent and 90.6 percent, respectively.

While water supplies for Taichung, as well as for Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua and Nantou counties could remain stable through the end of June thanks to the recent downpours, the situations in northern and southern Taiwan could remain tight, especially now that drier weather could be in sight, the Central Weather Bureau said.

"We might see only two other periods of rainfall by the end of April, and they are not likely to be as strong as the ones we experienced lately," said bureau official Chen Meng-shih.

WRA Deputy Director-General Tien Chiao-ling said the agency will not rule out cloud seeding until the plum rain season starts in mid-May.

"The situation has eased, but it certainly has not ended," she said, adding that any adjustments in water rationing measures will be discussed further during an April 25 Ministry of Economic Affairs meeting.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)