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Kaohsiung residents protest over drainage problem
Central News Agency
2014-08-10 09:06 PM
Kaohsiung, Aug. 10 (CNA) About 50 people living close to Cianjhen District in Kaohsiung, where a series of explosions occurred late last month, took to the streets Sunday in protest against problems associated with a damaged drainage system in the area. The protest leader Yang Chi-tsun, who is also head of the district's Jhubei Borough, said he has lived in the area for more than 40 years and has never seen any flooding at the intersection of Kaisyuan and Ersheng roads in the city's Cianjhen District. Since the explosions on July 31, however, the area has flooded four times, and the residents have had to cope with piles of mud in their houses and cars and on their furniture, he said. Yang said that instead of handing out sandbags, the city government should repair the drainage system in the area as soon as possible to prevent further flooding in the low-lying Jhubei Borough. The explosions that tore through Kaohsiung on July 31 badly damaged the drainage systems in Cianjhen District, resulting in water-filled ditches. Torrential rain has been falling in the city since Saturday night, exacerbating the situation. (By Cheng Chi-feng and Jeffrey Wu)
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