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Vice premier inspects flood prevention systems in Kaohsiung

2019/07/20 20:08:45

Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁, second left)

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) on Saturday inspected the flood prevention infrastructure in Kaohsiung and gave directives for improvement, after torrential rain caused flooding in parts of the city the previous day.

Chen first visited the low-lying borough of Wannei in Renwu District to check on an ongoing riverside embankment project, and he advised local officials to set up an early-warning system and install pumps and anti-flood valves to more effectively prevent flooding in that area.

He later inspected drainage systems in Gangshan District.

According to the vice premier, an upcoming pumping station project and another drainage improvement project are expected to help manage the flooding problem in Gangshan's Wujiawei area.

He also noted that Kaohsiung will receive NT$1.92 billion in funding for flood management, under the central government's Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Program.

He said the NT$1.92 billion will be used to clear drains and install mobile pumps and drainage systems at several locations across the southern city.

Due to the torrential rain on Friday, several neighborhoods in Kaohsiung suffered serious flooding, which brought traffic to halt in parts of the city and caused damage to homes, cars and other personal property.

The heavy afternoon showers clogged drains in 283 locations throughout Kaohsiung City, 15 in Pingtung Country and one in Tainan City, causing flooding and turning roads into rivers.

In Pingtung County, some 8,000 homes were left without electricity, as the flooding caused roadside electrical boxes to trip. As of noon Saturday, the floods had receded, the county's fire department said.

(By Elaine Hou, Yu Hsiao-han, Cheng Chi-feng and Ko Lin)
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