Taiwan: Time To Ask Questions After Morakot

The death toll is terrible: 103 deaths, 61 people missing, and 45 injured as of 9 pm yesterday (CNA).

But it seems it won’t be the final one with still hundred of people we have no news of yet.

Not mentioning damages evaluated for now at more than 200 million USD just for the agricultural losses. How much for all the houses, building and infrastructure?

The worst flood since more than 50 years.

Maybe it’s time now to ask some questions.

+ How come the first thing to say was to blame the local administration? Especially knowing that a lot of counties in the south are lacking of funds (most of those counties are “green”)? It seems that anyone is responsible (including the weather bureau!) except the Ma’s government and Ma himself.

+ How come (as mentioned by the Taipei Times) the President Ma was visibly irritated and impatient with villagers who spoke to him?

+ How come the President Ma could answer to a young man whose father was missing that he could understand, having himself lost his father? Can the (regrettable) death of someone at a respectable old age could be easily compared to the sudden disappearance of a father because a landslide or flash flood?

+ How come only (at least up to yesterday, as far as I know) 8,500 soldiers were deployed? Beside, a large number of the nation’s military bases are in southern Taiwan…

+ How come the government refused help from USA and Japan by saying that Taiwan was able to control the situation? But there are still hundred of people blocked in mountainous area… and time is the key parameter. Will the death toll increase because of that? At least more transportation (helicopters…) from abroad should be welcome… When disaster strikes, every hour counts. It seems that a lot of people are loosing their credibility now…

+ How come people have the feeling that there is no central command center for all the rescue operations?

+ How come President Ma visited some area with his party candidates to the next election?

But there are more key questions":

  1. What really obstructed the flow of rivers?
  2. What is the real quality of the embankments along the riverbanks?
  3. How come the administration never forbid constant digging of sandstones from the river beds?
  4. Where did the money go after all the previous typhoons and repairs?
  5. Why the time reaction seems so slow?
  6. How come someone authorized the construction of hotels and/or buildings so near to the riverbank?
  7. Who authorized construction and high-altitude agriculture in the mountains?
  8. Who is in charge of the water management?
  9. How come there are no strategies to ensure sustainable management of the nation’s water resources? Year after year the only motto is water rationing…

For sure, the gradual process of reconstruction will serve as a reminder for those unhappy Taiwanese and all the damages won’t be repaired in one electoral cycle.
So, will the next elections be affected?

Let’s see.


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2 Responses

  1. Very good questions!!

  2. Thank you Claudia 🙂
    What are worrying me: the answers…

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