Taiwan Officials Offer Aid to Stop Floods from Entering Pivotal Elections

Taiwan's government has apologized three times over deadly floods since August 23 and doubled up restoration work to try to stop storm damage from becoming an issue in pivotal elections this year. Results of mid-term local elections such as ones set for November, often foreshadow the results of Taiwan presidential races two years later. The president, responsible for foreign affairs, has had thorny relations with China. Now flood control could be an issue also. Storms that began with a tropical depression dumped up to 1,000 millimeters of rain in parts of south-central Taiwan in the days after, killing seven people. Some citizens in the flood zones have asked why floods could become so severe despite billions of Taiwan dollars spent on prevention. Premier William Lai apologized over the floods August 25, 29 and 30. His government has vowed to pump the water out of a village under 70 centimeters of flood rain and clean up dead livestock that might otherwise spread disease. Households damaged by floodwaters will get NT$20,000 ($651), the government pledged last month. Government officials have fretted over disaster responses at least since former president Ma Ying-jeou faced criticism over perception that he did too little, too late after Typhoon Morakot in 2009 set off landslides that killed about 700 people. Ma, who pushed for closer China ties, left office in 2016. His successor Tsai Ing-wen advocates a more guarded approach toward relations with Beijing. “Natural disasters truly do influence the voting behavior of the people,” said Ku Chung-hwa, a retired sociology professor and standing board member with the Taiwan advocacy group Citizens’ Congress Watch. This year, he said, “for the party in power there will be some damage, but the degree of impact perhaps won’t be too big.” Epic floods Storms since August 23, tapering off only... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Taiwan Officials Offer Aid to Stop Floods from Entering Pivotal Elections, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Taiwan Officials Offer Aid to Stop Floods from Entering Pivotal Elections





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 3 September, 2018



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