Premier Frank Hsieh speaks to reporters about an NT$80 billion flood control project.


Taiwan’s steep terrain and concentrated rainfall patterns make the island susceptible to significant damage from typhoons and heavy rainstorms. To alleviate land subsidence problems and prevent flooding to low-lying and urban areas, in 2005 the Executive Yuan allocated NT$80 billion for an eight-year project that systematically controls the flow of water from rivers, drainage systems and sea embankments.

To further reduce the threat of flooding in vulnerable areas, the government also made sweeping plans to integrate drainage pipes above and below ground, conserve water and soil at upstream slopes, and improve farmland drainage canals.

The picture shows Premier Frank Hsieh speaking to reporters on June 17, 2005 about the NT$80 billion flood control project.