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Taiwan Quick Take: Taipei to open relief center

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Taipei's second disaster prevention and relief center will begin operation by the end of the month, city officials said yesterday. It will be the nation's first disaster prevention center to serve as a "backup" facility capable of taking over operations of the Taipei City Fire Department's relief command headquarters, in the event that it fails in efforts to deal with a disaster such as an earthquake or epidemic, and to prevent the disaster from expanding. The new facility will replace existing relief-oriented systems and integrate all available resources to carry out emergency rescue and disaster relief missions in the shortest possible period of time, the officials said. Construction of the new disaster prevention center, situated on Zhengzhou Road, began in October 2001. The total cost of construction of the 10-story building has exceeded NT$170 million (US$5.16 million).

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