Carrying out exercises to practice rescuing residents in landslide-prone areas can help safeguard people's lives and property against the dangers of natural disasters during typhoon season, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday.
\nChen stressed that establishing sound regulations to manage water and soil conservation in mountainous areas would be one of the focuses of the government.
\nMany places in Nantou County have become landslide-prone since the 921 earthquake almost four years ago. The devastating 7.3 earthquake and subsequent after-shocks disturbed the rock and soil in the region.
\nSince then, the mountainous county has been prone to mudflows and landslides triggered by torrential rains.
\nIn the aftermath of Typhoon Toraji in 2001, the government was deluged with criticism for its failure to prevent mudslides and floods.
\nAccording to the local fire bureau, flooding caused by rains still poses a serious threat. Statistics show that between January 1999 and May this year, 40 people in Nantou County have died in floods.
\nBefore the arrival of typhoon season, an exercise to evacuate residents living in landslide-prone areas was held yesterday in Chungliao township. It was sponsored jointly by the Nantou County government and the Council of Agriculture.
\nAlong Maoluo River (
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