The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday warned of torrential rain in the mountains of central and southern Taiwan, while heavy rain brought by a plum rain front has slightly eased water shortages in the south and north of the island.
Mountainous areas in Taichung and Kaohsiung, as well as Nantou, Hualien, Chiayi and Pingtung counties and Taoyuan’s Sinwu District (新屋), have experienced extremely heavy rain, with more than 130mm of rainfall in 24 hours, the bureau said.
The warning of torrential rain means that more than 200mm of rain could fall in 24 hours, with extremely heavy rain expected in northern, central and eastern Taiwan proper, the bureau said.
Photo: Wu Chun-feng, Taipei Times
From Friday to 8am yesterday, the Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫) in Chiayi County recorded 136.1mm of rain, increasing reserves by an estimated 18 million cubic meters, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said.
Meanwhile, Tainan’s Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫) recorded 149.6mm of rain and an increase in reserves of about 7 million cubic meters.
The Kaoping River (高屏溪) in the south recorded 143.9mm of rain and runoff from the river increased to 230m3 per second, the agency said.
As a result of the plum rains, Zengwen Reservoir’s reserves rose to 13.72 percent of capacity, or 64.92 million cubic meters, as of 11am yesterday, after falling to 11.60 percent on Thursday night, the agency’s data showed.
Reserves at the Nanhua Reservoir rose to 14.70 percent of capacity, or 15 million cubic meters, as of 6am yesterday, up from 12.55 percent two days ago.
The Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan, which supplies water to New Taipei City, Taoyuan and Hsinchu County, collected 9 million cubic meters of water between midnight and 4pm, agency data showed.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said the South Region Water Resources Office would hold a meeting today to discuss the possibility of easing water rationing measures in Tainan and Kaohsiung in the wake of the heavy rain.
Phase-two water rationing measures are in effect in Tainan and third-phase measures in Kaohsiung.
The ministry said recent rains have boosted reserves in reservoirs in the center and south of the nation, but it is too early to lift all rationing measures.
“The ministry has to ensure stable supply of water in every region before scrapping all water rationing measures,” Water Resources Agency Chief Secretary Lai Chien-hsin (賴建信) told the Taipei Times by telephone.
Additional reporting by Lauly Li
A convenience store clerk in Taoyuan was yesterday allegedly stabbed to death by a customer after asking the customer to wear a mask. The incident occurred a little after 5am at a store on Guangfong Street in Gueishan District (龜山), police said. When the suspect, surnamed Chiang (蔣), 41, entered the store without wearing a mask, the 30-year-old clerk, surnamed Tsai (蔡), asked that he put one on, police said. Chiang exited the store and came back wearing a mask, they said, adding that after paying for his items he took it off and threw it at Tsai before leaving. Chiang returned shortly afterward
SUSPENDED: US President Joe Biden held direct talks with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince after satellite imagery showed suspicious military activity at a Cosco-run port US intelligence agencies found evidence this year of construction work on what they believed was a secret Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was stopped after Washington’s intervention, according to a report on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reported that satellite imagery of the port of Khalifa had revealed suspicious construction work inside a container terminal built and operated by Cosco Shipping Holdings Ltd (中遠海運控股). The evidence included huge excavations apparently for a multistory building and that the site was covered in an apparent attempt to evade scrutiny. The administration of US President Joe Biden held urgent talks with
‘UNPRECEDENTED’: Taiwan’s envoy said that official wording framing Taiwan-China issues as not about unification or independence counters the narrative Beijing wants Use of the phrase “democratic Taiwan” by Germany’s new coalition government in official document shows that Taiwan-China issues are not about “independence” against “unification,” but about democracy against authoritarianism, Representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) said yesterday. Germany’s Social Democratic Party, Free Democratic Party and the Greens — known as the “traffic light coalition” for their colors — on Wednesday inked a coalition agreement following elections on Sept. 26. The agreement, a blueprint for their governance for the next four years, mentions “Taiwan,” which is unprecedented, showing that the new German government is paying close attention to cross-strait peace and supports Taiwan’s
‘POORLY RUN’: The government is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the Taiwan-Palau air route, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr on Friday lashed out at China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), saying it has “poisoned” the market by neglecting its air route to the Pacific archipelago and that he plans to initiate talks with Taipei over the matter. Whipps made the remark at a routine news conference at the Presidential Office in Ngerulmud, after being asked to comment on frequent flight cancelations by China Airlines. “I think China Airlines is playing with [the] Palau market. They need to change their behavior, need to be invested and think long-term about the Palau market,” a report by the Palau-based newspaper