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Government Audit News-Decent Shelter Sites Keep Worries Away When Debris Flows Come

The Audit Division on Education and Agriculture (ADEA) of the National Audit Office studied the 2011 Japan case and used geographic information system to match flood-prone areas with collapse-prone areas in Taiwan examining whether public shelters designated by the local governments were safe or not. ADEA found out that some shelters were located in the flood-prone areas or collapse-prone areas which may be dangerous for people to take shelters there. In order to avoid repeating the shelter tragedy in Japan, ADEA asked the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau to make an improvement and figure out the solution with local governments to provide ‘real safe’ shelters to the public.

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