The worst drought in 56 years has dried up one of Taiwan’s most iconic lakes, which is good news for at least one man.
A man named Chen claims to have dropped his cell phone during paddleboarding at Sun Moon Lake a year ago.
But last week, a worker contacted him and said he had found a phone call. The case was covered with dry mud.
Chen, who was so excited that he couldn’t sleep, added that the phone worked thanks to the waterproof cover.
His story is a rare positive story on an East Asian island, facing measures such as water distribution due to severe dry spells.
It also has a negative impact on the world’s largest semiconductor industry.
Mr Chen said the worker who returned the phone told him that Sun Moon Lake was seeing the lowest water level in “50-60 years.”
Recently, many social media users have posted selfies to popular attractions. There, some of the ground is very dry and the mud is cracked.
The rest of the lake is overgrown with grass and instead looks like a plain.
Taiwan’s dry spells have occurred for the first time in more than half a century after a typhoon never landed on the island last year.
It affected more than one million households and businesses in Taichung, Miaoli, and cities in northern Changhua County, forcing authorities to implement water ration measures.
There are various restrictions on ration days, such as shampoo-free treatments at hair salons and no car wash at gas stations.
I also went to take pictures on the exposed riverbed of the Touqian River, which is the main water source of the Hsinchu Science Park, where a major semiconductor company is based.
Taiwan’s Water scarcity is expected to affect microchips that consume large amounts of water It exacerbates the global shortage of semiconductors that power everything from manufacturing, computers to smartphones.