Taiwanese disaster prevention technology passes early test in Belize
By Matt Yu and Amber Wu
Taiwan's first foreign aid project centered on natural disaster prevention technology has passed its first test in Belize, giving people time to respond to floods caused by Hurricane Iota in November, an International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) official said Thursday.
The "Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Plan" gave residents three extra hours to evacuate the area as floods triggered by the hurricane approached, said ICDF Deputy Secretary-General Chen Ai-chen (陳愛貞) at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press conference.
The project, launched by Taiwan in the Central American diplomatic ally in 2019 and expected to be completed in 2022, is focused on saving lives through technology that strengthens early flood warnings, updates maps, controls floods and raises disaster awareness.
The system relies on hydrological and meteorological monitoring stations that feed real-time information to a "Flood Warning System Platform."