Flood prevention review to be finished in three months: Ma
CNATAIPEI--The government will complete a review in three months of what it has achieved in preventing flooding during the past eight years, President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday.
September 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
With a budget of NT$80 billion (US$2.7 billion), the government has achieved a certain degree of success in preventing flooding during natural disasters under an eight-year project, but it will invite experts and scholars to assess its efforts and issue a report in three months to answer doubts about its effectiveness, Ma said in a Facebook post.
The president was referring to a government initiative to allocate NT$80 billion over eight years from 2006 to improve drainage facilities in regions prone to flooding.
Ma made the statements after visiting the Central Emergency Operation Center in New Taipei City Friday to be briefed on measures taken by cities and counties around Taiwan to minimize damage brought by Super Typhoon Usagi.
Ma had video conferencing with nine local government chiefs during the visit, in which officials from Tainan and Chiayi brought up the issue of budgeting for flood prevention with the president.
Questions have been raised about government work in flood prevention, fueled by reports of flooding and mudslides around Taiwan after almost every major typhoon.
Two recent typhoons in August caused serious flooding in Keelung in the north and parts of central and southern Taiwan.
A recent National Audit Office report found that over half of the cities and counties in Taiwan had failed to properly improve or maintain their drainage systems with government funding in 2012.