Breach in wall of Yunlin dam no cause for panic: experts
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A 0.86-meter breach in the cut-off walls between the main dam of Hushan Dam in Yunlin Country, Central Taiwan, and a sub-dam on the left bank was recently discovered, but experts yesterday urged the public not to panic as the issue can be easily resolved.
March 11, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
Experts issued the call for calm after investigating the breach with officials from the Water Resources Agency (WRC), lawmakers, county councilors and some township chiefs. The incident was revealed to the public through a recent media report, sending shockwaves through related sectors.
At a pre-investigation briefing, WRC officials were questioned over the possibility of “jerry-building” — a colloquial term for poor, cheap construction — by contractors and asked to set up an ad hoc committee to conduct a thorough inspection of the entire engineering works of the Hushan Dam.
In response, the officials said that the breach might be due to a deviation in relevant cutting and dredging operations.
Geologist Lai Dian-chang urged the public not to panic over the breach.
Meanwhile, Yang Wei-fu, director general of the WRC, said his agency will invite officials from the Public Construction Commission as well as experts and scholars to set up an ad hoc panel to review the entire engineering project and supervise repair operations.
The Hushan Dam is located in Fushan Borough, Douliu City of Yunlin County, neighboring such townships as Gukeng and Linnei. The dam is slated for completion in 2014, and will start supplying water to the surrounding township by 2015, when pumping up of ground water will become prohibited.