Macau (MNA) – The level of accountability for the officials’ derelictions during the hit of Typhoon Hato should be a matter determined by the Macau’s Chief Executive (CE) in accordance with the city’s law, saying that “it is Macau’s internal affairs”, said the deputy director of the National Commission for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Shan Chunchang on Friday.
Mr. Shan met the press after meeting with the CE in Macau. The aim of the meeting was to study and discuss in details about the policies to improve and review the city’s ability to handle disasters, said Mr. Shan.
According to Mr. Shan, the Chinese Commission suggested to set up a further linked mechanism between mainland China and Macau as to allow the sharing of information on weather forecast.
“[Typhoon] […] can now be forecasted within 60 to 80 kilometres [with Mainland’s current technology] in which the technology is as good as the ones in Japan and the United States,” said Mr. Shan. “We wish to include the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) in the linked mechanism and so Macau can obtain all the available information and to make immediate alarm to Macau’s residents in time.”
In addition, Mr Shan said another linked mechanisms should be formed between Macau, Hong Kong and Zhuhai upon the storage of resources and training of staff.
“There are two lines of resources that needed to be stored,” said Mr. Shun. “One is the necessary resources such as chainsaws that needed to cut down fallen trees after the typhoon.”
The other category, as pointed out by Mr. Shun, are resources such as vaccines that have expiry dates.
“A big waste would be created if we stored too many of these vaccines given that the efficacy would be expired,” said Mr. Shun. “The Macau government could sign a co-operational agreement with factories on the Mainland as to ensure the provision of necessary resources in time.”
In terms of training staff, the Chinese official said Zhuhai and places in Guangdong can provide adequate space for local firefighters to receive adequate training as to improve their abilities in handling catastrophes, given that there is no available space in Macau.
For the coming next year, Mr. Chun said the Commission will further provide concrete suggestions and advices to the Macau SAR government in dealing disasters.