With no typhoons hitting Taiwan in the past year, little rain has resulted in one of the most severe droughts the island has ever seen in the past 56 years.
As Taiwanese struggle to conserve water and farmers become hugely affected by the government’s recent policy to cut water in certain areas for intervals, foreign media have begun to notice how this climate abnormality could affect the world.
According to a BBC report titled “Why the world should pay attention to Taiwan’s drought,” numerous reservoirs in Taiwan are at less than 20% capacity, with water levels below 10 %.
This could pose a huge problem to the world, the article continued, as Taiwan is a huge manufacturer of semiconductors.
If reservoirs in Taiwan continue to dry up, the global electronics industry will be hit hard, and the production of key objects in today’s climate including smartphones and ventilators will be hindered, the article said.
It’s reported that with the continuing of such drought, the U.S. is now very concerned about its “over-reliance” on chips made overseas, mainly in Taiwan.
Now, many are looking forward to Taiwan’s annual rainy season from mid-May to mid-June as a temporary solution to the problem.
The article concluded that if Taiwan cannot rise to the challenge and resolve the issue, both its farms and its prized semiconductor industry can expect to suffer in years to come.