Tsai urges the public to support water environment project

President Tsai Ing-wen is urging the public to support the government's water environment project. Tsai was speaking Friday at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Water Resources Agency.

The president's comments came as Taiwan's north coast was struck by heavy rain. Some areas collected more than 500mm of rainfall in the morning.

Tsai warned that frequent downpours increase the chances of flash floods while at the same time Taiwan will face water shortages in the future if problems are left unaddressed. The president said the government's NT$250 billion (US$8.3 billion) project aims to build a sustainable water environment for Taiwan.

Also on Friday, Premier Lin Chuan ordered the establishment of a central disaster contingency center at the Central Weather Bureau.

The heavy rainfall brought by the early summer plum rain season and the southwesterly flow is likely to last for another two days. Lin told government agencies to take the matter seriously. He also urged people living in mountainous areas to be prepared to evacuate in the event of mudslides.

Source: Radio Taiwan International