JDR Vol.5 No.3 pp. 325-329
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2010.p0325

Development Report:

Flood Prevention Strategy in Taiwan: Lessons Learned from Typhoon Morakot

Lung-Sheng Hsieh, Jiun-Huei Jang, Hsuan-Ju Lin,
and Pao-Shan Yu

National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, 9F, 200, Sec. 3, Beisin Rd., Sindian City, Taipei County, Taiwan

February 5, 2010
March 15, 2010
June 1, 2010
flood, disaster, prevention, management, strategy, investigation
Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan during August 7-9, 2009. Its record-breaking rainfall caused catastrophic damage, making it the deadliest typhoon to visit Taiwan in the last 50 years. Conducting a three-months and 160-member-strong field investigation of the scale and causes of this disaster, this paper proposes strategies effective to improve flood prevention work in Taiwan. The severe flood disaster triggered by Typhoon Morakot’s excessive rainfall is attributable to four factors: (1) hydraulic system failures, (2) river flow retardation, (3) reservoir release, and (4) land subsidence. Based on these findings, this paper proposes comprehensive improvement strategies in hydraulic facility inspection, emergency response, river basin management, and climate change assessment to improve flood prevention work in Taiwan. This study combines governmental, academic, and public efforts in investigating effective post-disaster flood prevention strategies that we hope will prove to be a useful reference for other countries while facing such issues.
Cite this article as:
L. Hsieh, J. Jang, H. Lin, and P. Yu, “Flood Prevention Strategy in Taiwan: Lessons Learned from Typhoon Morakot,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.5 No.3, pp. 325-329, 2010.
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