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Drive up to where the Gaoping River (高屏溪) begins to expand out of the mountains and you’ll notice something … the river is far from raging.  One might be able to cross many areas on foot — though that is not advised for safety reasons.

(Headwaters of the Gaoping River-Wikimedia Commons)

South Taiwan is looking at a drought as we enter what should be falling upon autumn, but feels more like the heat of August in Kenting. We may not make it through the winter without water rationing, as the Central News Agency notes:

“The Water Resources Agency (WRA) Deputy Director Wang Yi-feng (王藝峰) said Wednesday that Taiwan’s dry season usually runs from November to the following April, but it seems to have started earlier than normal this year, and there are concerns existing reserves won’t be enough to get some parts of Taiwan through the winter…Though water reserves at the Zengwen and Wushantou reservoirs in Tainan are currently at a seemingly high 67 percent and 76 percent, respectively, those levels are about 20 percent below where they were at this time last year, Wang said.”

(The Laonong tributary feeding the Gaoping River-Wikimedia Commons)

North Taiwan is also concerned — especially, of all places, Keelung — but rain has been falling and more is likely on the way. In the south, however, it’s been dry and typhoons haven’t really been active this year. Parts of Taiwan could be in for  ‘the dry winter of 2017’.


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