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Minister: Taiwan could be facing worst drought in a decade
經長︰台灣面臨十年來最嚴重乾旱

Photo showing the low water levels of the Gaoping River in Greater Kaohsiung on Nov. 19. With the dire water situation in Greater Kaohsiung, the level of the Gaoping River has recorded a 15-year low.
這張十一月十九日攝於高雄市的照片,呈現高屏溪處於低水位狀態。高雄市乾旱嚴重,高屏溪流量創十五年來最低。

Photo: Chen Wen-chan, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者陳文嬋

On Nov. 19, responding to questions at the Legislative Yuan, Minister of Economic Affairs Woody Duh said that the south of Taiwan would enter a period of water shortage at the end of the year, and that for the next year Taiwan would be faced with a drought, possibly the worst for a decade. According to Water Resources Agency (WRA) Director-General Yang Wei-fu, the water reserves in the Shimen Reservoir are now at the fifth lowest on record, and in the past four months the amount of rainfall in the catchment area has been half the annual average. The worst case scenario is that next year could see a repeat of the household water use restrictions in place in areas north of Miaoli in 2003.

Shortly before, it was announced that the green light was signaled for eight areas throughout Taiwan, indicating concern about the water situation for these locations. The WRA has also initiated certain measures in response, including limits on the supply of water for non-household use.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Paul Cooper)

經濟部長杜紫軍十一月十九日赴立法院備詢時表示,南部地區年底即將進入缺水期,未來一年台灣面臨乾旱,可能是十年最嚴重。水利署長楊偉甫表示,石門水庫蓄水量為歷年第五低,過去四個月集水區降雨量也都不到歷年平均的一半,以最悲觀狀況來看,明年可能重現二○○三年苗栗以北民生用水限水狀況。

稍早已發佈全台八個地區進入水情稍緊的綠色燈號。水利署也展開因應措施,包括非民生用水打折供應。

(自由時報記者羅倩宜、蔡穎、林嘉琪、張勳騰、蔡政珉、鄭鴻達、吳俊鋒、陳文嬋、黃旭磊、林子翔)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. drought n.

乾旱 (gan1 han4)

例: You should avoid using water for non-essential chores during a drought.

(在乾旱期間,你應避用水於非必要家事。)

2. catchment area n. phr.

集水區 (ji2 shui3 qu1)

例: A small percentage of rainfall in the catchment area is directed into the reservoir.

(集水區小部分雨水引流至水庫中。)

3. worst case scenario n. phr.

最悲觀狀況 (zui4 bei1 guan1 zhuang4 kuang4)

例: Worst case scenario, we lose all our money, but we’ll probably only lose a small percentage.

(最壞狀況是我們虧損所有金錢,但是我們將可能只損失一小部分而已。)


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