Kaohsiung mayor slammed for not inspecting flooding

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 21, 2019
By: Ko Yu-hao and Hung Ting-hung  /  Staff reporters

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) drew criticism yesterday when, after parts of the city had

Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hung Tung-wei, right — next to an empty chair for the mayor — speaks at a meeting about the city’s disaster response to Friday’s heavy rainfall in the Kaohsiung Emergency Operation Center yesterday.
Photo: CNA

become flooded due to heavy rain on Friday, Deputy Kaohsiung Mayor Lee Ssu-chuan (李四川) stepped in for him to inspect most of the city’s affected areas.

The city was pummelled by heavy rain on Friday afternoon, with rainfall in some areas reaching 126.5mm, but the floodwater receded from most of the roads in two to three hours, the city government said, adding that the rainfall eased yesterday.

While the flooding caused Han to cancel a presidential campaign stop in Taichung yesterday, he was still not part of the disaster inspections, or part of a second emergency meeting held yesterday morning.

Asked about Han’s absence, Lee said that the emergency had been downgraded after the floods subsided and that he had told Han that he would host the morning meeting.

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