Kaohsiung residents incensed, Han Kuo-yu parties as city floods

Tropical Storm Danas caused record breaking rainfall in Southern Taiwan Friday

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/20
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Kaohsiung flooded street, July 19 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After heavy rains alerts were issued for southern Taiwan, Tropical Storm Danas arrived on Friday (July 19) hitting Kaohsiung and Tainan with a rapid recor-breaking rainfall in just over two hours.

Several neighborhoods in Kaohsiung suffered serious flooding as a result, which stalled transportation in parts of the city. Many Kaohsiung residents on Friday night and Saturday morning blasted Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) for what they see as an inadequate response to the problem.

After attending a disaster assessment meeting in the late afternoon, the Mayor of Kaohsiung left to enjoy a lavish dinner hosted by the Kaohsiung City Dining Occupation Labor Union (高雄市餐飲職業工會), reports Liberty Times. As the city experienced flooding due to the rainfall, Han was recorded drinking and laughing, seemingly unconcerned with the city's infrastructure.

By late evening, netizens were already posting photos of Han having dinner at the Lin Palace restaurant alongside photos of his previous electoral opponent, Chen Chi-Mai (陳其邁). Chen is the Vice Premier and the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson, who was outside in the downpour, wearing a poncho, at a city pump station working with a disaster assessment team.

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