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Philippine official proposes cooperation on flood management

2018/09/24 17:44:49

Dipolog Mayor Darel Dexter Uy (front center)

Kaohsiung, Sept. 24 (CNA) The mayor of the Philippine city of Dipolog on Monday proposed setting up a system between his city and Kaohsiung to exchange experiences in flood management in the face of challenges posed by extreme weather conditions.

Dipolog Mayor Darel Dexter Uy brought up the idea when visiting a 4.5-hectare detention basin in Sanmin District in Kaohsiung -- one of 15 such facilities in the city that also serves as park.

The detention ponds are effective in reducing rainwater runoff, as seen when meter-high floods in parts of Kaohsiung triggered by torrential rains in late August receded within one hour, said Han Jung-hua (韓榮華), acting head of the city's Waters Resources Bureau.

As climate change has made more extreme weather events associated with flooding inevitable, the emphasis in flood management should be shifted from flood prevention to disaster mitigation and evacuation, Han said while accompanying Uy on a tour of the pond.

The Dipolog mayor said he planned the visit hoping to learn from Kaohsiung's experience in flood risk management because Dipolog has never made use of artificial flow control structures such as detention basins despite being vulnerable to flooding.

Uy is visiting Taiwan to attend the second Global Harbor Cities Forum to be held Sept. 25-27.

Kaohsiung initiated the forum in 2016 as a platform for representatives from the world's foremost harbor cities to discuss challenges and opportunities for harbor cities.

(By Cheng Chih-feng and Shih Hsiu-chuan)