Cit­i­zens re­move trees by them­selves

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

Peo­ple in sub­ur­ban Taipei City had to re­move fallen trees from the streets them­selves yesterday, af­ter wait­ing for help that had failed to come from the city gov­ern­ment.

They used chain­saws and other tools to cut big tree trunks that have been lit­ter­ing the streets since Typhoon Soude­lor struck.

A ward chief in Wen­shan dis­trict, Chen-Kao Mei-mei, said they had been work­ing to re­move the trees for days, but the city gov­ern­ment had not yet sent in help.

She said they man­aged to ob­tain help from vol­un­teers and mil­i­tary ser­vice­men.

Kuom­intang law­maker Lai Shyh-bao ( ), who helped or­ga­nize the clean­ing in Wen­shan, said the city gov­ern­ment has been drag­ging its feet on the cleanup work.

He added that many parks in Wen­shan are still lit­tered with fallen trees.

The chief of the Wen­shan mil­i­tary re­servists cen­ter, Wu Yong-cong, ( ) has been gath­er­ing vol­un­teers to clean the dis­trict since Aug. 8.

Hav­ing no suit­able tools for re­mov­ing the huge trunks, the vol­un­teers bought the tools, Wu said, adding the city gov­ern­ment should have pre­pared for the con­di­tions be­fore­hand.

City clean­ers have been over­whelmed by the large num­ber of fallen trees.

Re­ports have cited city clean­ers com­plain­ing about hav­ing to work from 6 a.m. till night ev­ery day since Soude­lor.


A man uses a power tool to cut a fallen tree in Taipei, yesterday.

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