By Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Premier Simon Chang said Tuesday that a large-scale disaster prevention
drill will be held this year for the first time, as decided last week at a disaster relief meeting.
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake in southern Taiwan has cost 117 lives in Tainan City, including 115 victims in a single apartment complex located in the city’s Yongkang District.
During an interpellation session Tuesday, Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chiang Nai-hsin questioned Chang about the nation’s disaster prevention and response operation plan, which prompted a response from Chang that a large-scale earthquake disaster prevention drill will be conducted this year.
Chang noted that all elementary and junior high schools nationwide carry out small-scale earthquake drills annually. After a disaster relief meeting between heads of departments last week, it was decided that the planning of a large-scale disaster prevention drill will be listed on the to-do list for the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) this year, especially in terms of improving disaster prevention mechanism and mitigation planning. [FULL STORY]