Taiwan records lowest winter rainfall in 54 years

Taiwan’s rainfall during winter season in 2017 reaches second historical low since 1963

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/05/02
By: Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Water shortage alerts and different phases of water

Women dressed in down coats and warm attire during a cold front that hit the country on Feb. 15, 2016.(By Central News Agency)

rationing implemented during the start of the year in Taiwan were caused by record low winter rainfall since 1963, said Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) on Tuesday.

Lai Chien-hsin (賴建信), head of the Water Resources Agency (WRA), noted rainfall recorded in winter in 2017 was 160.61 millimeters less, the second lowest rainfall recorded since 1963 where rainfall declined 168.79 millimeters, according to statistics compiled by the agency from Dec. 1, 2016 to Feb. 22, 2017.

Due to lower rainfall during winter season, science parks from north to southern Taiwan, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City governments deployed preemptive water conservation strategies earlier this year, said Lai.    [FULL  STORY]

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