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Rain raises water supply in Northern Taiwan: agency

TAIPEI--Recent cold fronts have brought rainfall to Northern Taiwan, relieving earlier concerns about possible water shortages, the Water Resources Agency announced yesterday.

Accumulated rainfall in November at the Shihmen Reservoir, which supplies water to New Taipei, Taoyuan and parts of Hsinchu, was 2.7 times the monthly average, the agency said.

Thanks to rain brought by cold fronts since the middle of last month, the reservoir is now at around 95 percent capacity, the latest statistics show, which ensures a sufficient water supply to the three northern areas, the agency said.

However, water supplies in Tainan and Kaohsiung in the south remain tight, due to less-than-expected rainfall at the Zengwen and Wusanto reservoirs.

The two reservoirs were at 55.8 percent and 76.5 percent capacity, respectively, as of Tuesday, the agency said, although it added that there is currently no shortage of water in Southern Taiwan.

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