By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua criticized Mayor Ko Wen-je for leaving the rooftops of
an estimated 598 empty apartment buildings in Taipei unattended, which are hotbeds for breeding dengue fever, reports said Monday.
The mayor responded during a committee hearing that the city government will pull together resources to clean out the areas needing attention within a week.
Hsu pointed out that there are currently 598 unoccupied buildings in the Taipei metropolitan area, of which 205 are located in the city’s Zhongzhen district, 91 in Daan district, and 62 in Wanhua respectively. Among them, the majority of apartments are public housings owned by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Veterans Affairs Council (VAC).
Although dengue fever in Taipei is far from becoming an epidemic, there should be no leniency when it comes to safeguarding public welfare, she said. [FULL STORY]