President Tsai Ing-wen reminded the audience that Tuesday is not only the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, but also the anniversary of the 921 earthquake. She says Taiwan must continue its efforts to prevent the disease. disasters and thanks the country’s rescuers for their bravery and rescue work.
The earthquake occurred on September 21, 1999 in Nantou County. Over 2,200 people were killed and over 11,300 were injured in the earthquake. More than 100,000 people were left homeless after more than 105,000 buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. It is estimated that the destruction of the earthquake cost Taiwan around NT $ 300 billion (US $ 10 billion).
Tsai posted on Facebook that she had visited the firefighter training center in Zhushan, Nantou, to inspect the training of firefighters and rescue dogs. In the 22 years since the earthquake, Tsai says Taiwan has developed advanced technology to improve emergency response and alert the public of natural disasters as early as possible.
Even with these advances, Tsai says it is imperative that families, schools and public places have a clear plan in the event of a natural disaster. This includes performing practical exercises and maintaining an emergency response kit.
Tsai also says she plans to increase the number of first responders, update their equipment and facilities, and take care of their physical and mental health.
When it comes to disaster response efforts, Tsai says there is no such thing as perfection, but Taiwan is constantly improving for the sake of public safety. She said learning from disasters like the 921 earthquake can help the nation build a better future.