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Due to hot and humid weather in Kaohsiung this summer, an outbreak of dengue fever in the southern city has continued to worsen, accounting for the majority of 2,000 cases reported across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
 
Temperatures in Kaohsiung climb to 82-year record
The mercury in Kaohsiung soared to 37.6 degrees Celsius Monday, a record high since the southern Taiwan city started keeping weather data 82 years ago, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
Scholars yesterday criticized several government agencies, especially the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛福部) for concealing that they discovered a duck with dioxin in its system in Kaohsiung City (高雄市) in July.
 
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said yesterday that she indeed called in a masseur on the night of the deadly gas explosions in the southern city, but said she did not use the service as she was busy communicating with her aides as the incident unfolded.
 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced on Aug. 30 its crackdown on a human trafficking ring that allegedly forced foreign workers into prostitution in Kaohsiung city.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators in Kaohsiung yesterday held a coordination committee, appealing for the central government to offer subsidies to revive the local tourism industry, which suffered a heavy loss of more than NT$500 million after the multiple gas explosions on Aug. 1.
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Career's fate relies on 'citizen's choice': Chen
Kaohsiung citizens will decide whether Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) is fit to serve in the same position within the next 100 days, Chen herself said yesterday in response to criticism over her handling of the Kaohsiung explosions.
 
A faulty underground electric cable in a Kaohsiung neighborhood kept sending out cracking sounds, sparks and odors from the city's sewers yesterday, worrying residents that there would be a repeat of the deadly gas explosions that hit the southern city a few weeks ago.
 
Kaohsiung to use donations for victims' compensation
In order to allow victims of the Kaohsiung gas explosions to receive compensation as soon as possible, the Kaohsiung City Government yesterday said it will first compensate them with between NT$1.2 billion and NT$1.5 billion from the donations account, and then sue those responsible for the disaster on behalf of the victims.
 
CPDC refuses to remove pipeline on legal grounds
The removal of a pipeline around the site of the Kaohsiung gas explosions was forced to stop yesterday after China Petrochemical Development Corporation (CPDC) did not cooperate with the effort to remove the company's pipeline, saying that the government did not have a legal reason for demanding the company remove the pipelines.
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