Reservoirs fill up as tropical storm rains drench Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Kong-Rey over the past few days has filled up most of the reservoirs across the country, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Saturday
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
In areas south Miaoli County, the reservoirs are either full or almost full, while some are overflowing, said Tien Chiao-ling, deputy director-general of the WRA.
These reservoirs include Mingde, Liyutan, Renyitan, Lantan, Baihe, Zengwen and Nanhua, Tien said.
In the northern areas of the country, Shihmen reservoir is 90 percent full, while Feitsui is at 80 percent storage capacity, according to the WRA.
Tien said the constant rain has helped to avert a water-rationing crisis in Keelung.
The Central Weather Bureau has warned against flooding in low-lying districts and landslides in mountainous areas south of Chiayi County, which it said were expected to have heavy to torrential rain Saturday.
Over the past 10 days, tropical storms Trami and Kong-Rey have caused estimated agricultural losses of NT$332.85 million (US$11.12 million) in Taiwan, according to the Council of Agriculture.