A drought in Taiwan has dried up a popular tourist lake and is forcing residents to go without running water, AP reports. Government officials are drilling wells and using planes to dump chemicals to encourage rain.

Farmers have been hit hard by the drought, with rice, lotus root, and other crops being seriously affected by the lack of rain for over two weeks. Rainfall has been half of the historic average and this is the first year in 56 years without a typhoon, experts shared.

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Parts of Sun Moon Lake, a popular tourist destination, have dried up. “Our business is 90% less than last year,” said Wang Ying-shen, chairman of a group for businesspeople who rent boats to visitors, told AP. Many cities are restricting water supplies for businesses and citizens. Top-level restrictions have cut people to go without running water for two days each week.

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Dr. Huang-Hsiung Hsu, executive officer at Academica Sinica’s anthropogenic climate change center told The Guardian, that studies suggest “fewer but stronger typhoons, drier springs, fewer rainy days, and stronger precipitation strength in the warming future, in addition to the expected significant temperature rise and heatwaves as everywhere around the world. [This will] mean a higher risk of water shortage and natural disasters such as flooding and landslide.”

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