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Over 55 million tons of water flow into southern reservoirs

Over 55 million tons of water have flowed into several reservoirs in Southern Taiwan due to Typhoon Matmo's influence over the past few days, the Southern Region Water Resources Office said yesterday.

The water resources office said that the rain mostly dumped on the mountainous area in Tainan, leading to an accumulated rainfall of 250 millimeters in Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫) and Wusanto Reservoir (烏山頭水庫) respectively.

A total of 40 million tons of water was added to the two dams that exist mainly as an irrigation supply, the office said, adding that the total amount of water in the two dams has reached 280 million tons of water.

As for the Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫) in Tainan that supplies water for daily and industrial use, the water resources office said that 15 million tons of water was added to the reservoir. The office added that it expects another 10 million tons to raise the water level of the dam.

The water resources office also said that another 50 million tons of water will flow into Zengwen Reservoir despite the fact that Typhoon Matmo is veering away from the island.

10 Reservoirs Emptied

The Water Resources Agency (WRA) yesterday issued flood warnings to four counties, including Taitung, Hualien, Yilan and Pingtung. The WRA also ordered water discharge for 10 reservoirs across Taiwan, adding that there is no water supply issue for the country at the moment.

The agency said it has stationed 686 large water pumps and 2,348 medium-size water pumps in the aforementioned counties. Apart from the water pumps stationed in Eastern Taiwan, the WRA said it also sent 10 water pumps to be placed on standby in New Taipei City.

The WRA said the 10 reservoirs include Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫), Dapu Dam (大埔水庫), Zhitan Dam (直潭壩), Shihgang Dam (石岡壩), Deyuanpi Dam (德元埤), Hutoupi Dam (虎頭埤), Yenshuipi Reservoir (鹽水埤水庫), Akongtien Reservoir (阿公店水庫), JiahsienDam (甲仙攔河堰) and Jiji Dam (集集攔河堰). The agency urged the public to stay away from the rivers near the reservoirs and to not visit the aforementioned dams to watch the water discharge.

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