Taiwan launches drought-fighting strategy

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TAIPEI: Taiwan is mobilizing all agencies and resources to tackle the worst drought plaguing the country in a decade, with a raft of wide-ranging measures ready for rollout if the situation further deteriorates. “Our goal is to avoid a water shortage and keep rationing from affecting households before the end of May,” President Ma Ying-jeou said over the weekend while inspecting Shihmen Dam in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City. “All dams around the country, with the exception of New Taipei City’s Feitsui Reservoir, have seen water levels drop below 50 percent,” he said, adding that the Water Resources Agency is using this unwelcome opportunity to remove sediment from reservoirs and improve water storage capacity.

TAIWAN TODAY

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