Wa­ter agency pre­pares for in­ten­si­fy­ing typhoons

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

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.

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