Citizens remove trees by themselves
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.