Date: Mar 01, 2016
By: Wang Chieh and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Premier Simon Chang (張善政) on Saturday declared Tainan the nation’s showcase region for soil stability improvement in response to the the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Feb. 6, killing 117 people and causing extensive damage.
However, under current municipal ordinances, people who lost property because of soil liquefaction as a result of the earthquake are not entitled to housing-related aid or subsidies.
The Tainan Public Works Bureau said it confirmed soil liquefaction occurred in 14 locations in four Tainan districts: Jhongsi (中西), Northern (北), Annan (安南) and Sinshih (新市).
Bureau inspectors said they suspect soil liquefaction occurred in 1,004 locations in clusters throughout the city, mainly in areas near East Central District’s Wenhe Road, Annan District’s Huian Street, Fuan Road and Anhe Road, and Sinshih District’s Sanmin Street.
Ten roads in Annan District need repairs — nine of which are located on a damaged grid of roads, with Huian Street at its center in Siding Borough (溪定) — and another eight damaged roads in Jhongsi, Northern and Sinshih districts also need repairs, the bureau said. [FULL STORY]