Serious environmental deterioration in Taiwan was the prime concern for many scholars and environmentalists in a public hearing held Saturday, who urged the government to quickly tackle the problem.
They issued the warning at the hearing sponsored by the Council for Economic Planning and Development, pointing out that the problem is worsening at an alarming rate that will eventually take its toll on the people of Taiwan.
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The worst quake to hit Taiwan in a century severely changed the country's topography, he said, pointing out that now only a third of the rainfall of the past average amounts before the 921 earthquake can easily trigger catastrophes anywhere in the country.
For instance, he explained, the more than 250,000 tons of debris brought down in just a few days by typhoon Mindulle in September last year was equal to a quarter of the total amount accumulated in the whole of the previous year.