How Bad Is Taiwan’s Drought?

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Drought?
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What you need to know

Most reservoirs in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli are less than 15% full. Several in central Taiwan are less than 10% full.

Throughout the Spring, Taiwan has had to regulate its water supply to cope with the worst drought in more than five decades due to a typhoon-less year and months of scant rainfall.

President Tsai Ing-wen urged the public to conserve water in early March to weather the crisis. The government also resorted to cloud seeding around several reservoirs, but the measure did not yield many results.

Most reservoirs in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli are less than 15% full. Several in central Taiwan are less than 10% full.

Take the Baoshan Reservoir for example. The water level hit 34% at its lowest point last year, in late March, and rebounded to full capacity in June 2020. But now, the reservoir is just 6% full.

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Check out the interactive graph below to see how the water levels change in each reservoir across Taiwan.

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TNL Editor: Bryan Chou, Nicholas Haggerty (@thenewslensintl)

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