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Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan.

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The rainfall Taiwan experienced Monday will result in an estimated 12.1 million cubic meters of water added to the country's reservoirs, roughly equal to one day's consumption of water in Taiwan, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).

The estimated figure comprises rain that fell directly into the reservoirs and water that will flow into reservoirs in the upcoming days, the WRA said in a statement.

Around 9 million cubic meters, or three quarters of the total, will be collected at Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei. The reservoir recorded 84.9 millimeters of rainfall Monday, the most of any reservoir.

As of 8 p.m., it was filled to 60.76 percent of its capacity, the highest level of any of the major reservoirs in Taiwan, WRA figures showed.

Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan had the second biggest estimated intake of water, at 2.5 million cubic meters of water, but the reservoir was still quite dry, with a water level of only 9.55 percent of its capacity as of 8 p.m.

Others that benefited from the rainfall Monday were Yongheshan Reservoir in Miaoli County, and Baoshan Reservoir and Second Baoshan Reservoir, both in Hsinchu County, the WRA said.

The three reservoirs were at 2.08, 6.92 and 2.78 percent capacity, respectively, as of 8 p.m.

Taiwan has been gripped by a prolonged drought that has drained its reservoirs and forced the rationing of water to many households, especially in central Taiwan.

The country had hoped the plum rain season that typically arrives in early May would bring some relief, but it has been disappointing so far.

The heavy rainfall on Monday was caused by air convection and a passing weather front, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster Liu Pei-teng (劉沛滕) told CNA.

Another weather front is forecast to arrive in Taiwan on Sunday, which will bring rain across the country, Liu said.

The CWB issued heavy rain advisories for 16 cities and counties in response to the rainfall earlier Monday. The bureau's last update to the advisory at 7:45 p.m. showed only 10 localities under such warnings.

An extremely heavy rain advisory was issued for Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, and heavy rain advisories were issued for the cities of Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung and the counties of Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Pingtung and Yilan.

According to the CWB, over 30 weather stations recorded rainfall of over 100 millimeters on Monday, of which half were in New Taipei.

The others were located in Taipei and Taoyuan cities and Nantou, Hsinchu, Pingtung and Hualien counties.

The highest amount of rainfall was recorded in Taipei's Neihu District, with 158 millimeters of rain, according to the CWB.

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