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Taiwan faces stricter water rationing as record drought worsens

Stricter COVID measures extended to entire island as cases surge

Soldiers dredge the Shihmen Reservoir in northern Taiwan on May 3 amid the island's drought. (Photo by Office of the President of Taiwan)

TAIPEI -- On top of a surge in COVID-19 cases and power outages, Taiwan is suffering from its worst drought in 56 years.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Wednesday it will further tighten water supplies from June in several cities including Hsinchu, the heart of the nation's semiconductor supply chains, if rainfall is insufficient by the end of May.

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