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Taipei official, staffer lose jobs for serious flooding in city

2012/06/12 22:18:26

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) A Taipei official and a technician who were in charge of the Wanfang Pumping Station were demoted and fired, respectively Tuesday following serious flooding in Wenshan District brought about by torrential overnight rainfall.

According to an investigation, the duty technician, surnamed Chang, was held partially responsible for the flooding as a result of his misconduct, said Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Wei-jen.

Chang, who was transferred to the station in March, admitted that he was unfamiliar with the station's operating procedures, leading to the shutdown of the pumping station, Chen said. His supervisor, Huang Chih-feng, director of the city's Hydraulic Engineering Office, was demoted, Chen added.

Torrential overnight rain brought by a converging frontal system and the southwest monsoon resulted in flood levels to reach waist height in areas around the district's Wangfang Road and Mucha Road on Tuesday morning.

According to data from the Central Weather Bureau, cumulative rainfall in the district had reached 342.5 mm over the past 20 hours.

(By Jackson Sun and Hanna Liu)