Water agency prepares for intensifying typhoons
As the strength of typhoons Goni and Atsani intensifies, the Water Resources Agency (WRA,
) said yesterday it is bracing for their possible impact.
The agency falls under the Ministry of Economic Affairs ( ), which has ordered it to take full anti- flooding precautions, even though the paths of Goni and Atsani remain uncertain.
The WRA also recommended that people preserve water be- forehand in the event of possible water outages.
The agency gave special attention to areas where the infrastructure was damaged by Typhoon Soudelor. In order to prevent a second disaster, the agency said it has cleaned the river system in Wulai District, New Taipei City and reinforced riverbank protections. It also set up temporary channel drainage in the area in case of flooding.
The WRA said that the damaged areas of Xindian District and Wulai District are currently a major concern, adding that heavy rains in the future may bring on an even more devastating disaster.
Roughly 20 experts have been brought in to investigate Xindian River ( ) and Sanxia River ( ) to determine the cause of flooding and water outages in some of the affected areas, the agency said.
The WRA is also currently working together with local governments to study ways to recon- struct damaged facilities along the Sanxia riverbank.
The agency said it will keep working with the Taiwan Forest Bureau ( ), the Taipei City Government and the New Taipei City Government in preparation for the typhoons’ possible impact.
The WRA recommended that people preserve water and follow its fan page on Facebook or the Disaster Prevention Information Service Network (http://fhy.wra. gov.tw) to prepare ahead of the upcoming typhoons.