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New fronts, typhoon could further ease drought: CWB

TAIPEI -- Another frontal system is approaching Taiwan, which may further ease the drought, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

The CWB said the frontal system is expected to bring showers to central and northern Taiwan Monday. Heavy or torrential rain is also forecast for the whole island May 24-26, which should help alleviate the drought if the rain falls in the catchment areas, the CWB said.

A frontal system that arrived in Taiwan May 12 brought some rain to central and northern Taiwan and helped ease the water shortage problem to some extent.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Songda had formed in the Pacific Ocean overnight and was located 2,190 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, off the Hengchun Peninsula, as of 2 p.m. Sunday, the CWB said.

The storm was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 7 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 48 kph, the bureau said.

The bureau said it will assess the possible danger of the storm to Taiwan if it gains strength and turns northward, as is expected after May 26.

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