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Tamsui River Basin (Taiwan)

The Tamsui River (淡水河 in Chinese), located in Northern Taiwan, is one of the largest river of the country. The river basin has a drainage area of 2.726 km2 and it drains Taipei city with a population of 6.5 million. The river has three tributaries: Xindian Creek, Dahan Creek and Keelung River where are located Feitsui Reservoir and Shimen Reservoir (are the major sources of water in Taiwan).

Taiwan is one of the most typhoon-impacted regions in the world. It´s hit every year by 3-4 typhoons (according to the Central Weather Bureau). Those extreme weather situations, torrential and sustained rainfall, characterize the hydrological behavior of the basin.

Recently, in 2015, Typhoon Soudelor (Category 5) hits the Tamsui River Basin where the rainfall reached 722 mm in 24 hours (Wulai District) causing local flooding in some areas of the basin.