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Initiatives needed to deal with extreme weather

2012/06/21 23:01:37

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Individuals and communities in Taiwan should take initiatives to deal with and adapt to extreme weather conditions, which have become more common in recent years, a local scholar said Thursday.

Jan Chyan-deng, chair of the Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering Department at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, said that with changing global weather patterns, Taiwan's dry season is getting drier and the wet season is receiving more rain.

According to a study conducted by the department, the number of occurrences of extremely heavy rain in Taiwan after 2005 nearly doubled, compared with the same amount of years before 2005, Jan said.

This indicated that the water conservancy projects designed and constructed in the past might not be able to deal with such extreme weather events and that floods will become more serious, he went on.

Although the government should be responsible for coming up with plans to face future challenges, individuals and communities should do more to help prevent natural disasters, rather than just complain to the government when they happen, he said.

He said citizens and communities should take initiatives, such as dredge drainage ditches and remove precious belongings from basements, before heavy rain or typhoons to reduce damage when flooding happens.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Jamie Wang)