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Typhoon Choi-Wan brings much needed rain to Keramas

Date Posted: 2003-09-27

Typhoon Choi-Wan, a minimum storm system that blew over Okinawa main island last Friday, did not cause any damage but definitely brought joy to residents of Zamami and Tokashiki Islands. Those islands have been under water rationing since August.

Rainfall brought by Choi-Wan was enough to completely fill one of the two dams on Tokashiki Island, allowing local officials to terminate water-rationing measures for the time being. They warn, though, that unless more rain comes, the island will have to go back to switching the water off for eight hours each day, perhaps as soon as in a month.

Residents of Zamami Island were not quite as lucky. The dam on Zamami was filled to just 24 percent of capacity, but even that allowed the officials to turn the water taps on for four more hours daily, bringing the regime to 16 hours on ~ 8 hours off.

Zamami’s other water supply, a small river that local residents have traditionally relied on but that went dry months ago, has water flowing again following the typhoon. How long that supply will last is anyone’s guess.

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