Report of the National Flood Relief Commission, 1931-1932

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CHAPTER II
Organization and Finance

It rapidly became apparent that the flood was a disaster of the first magnitude, and on August 14th 1931 the National Government established the National Flood Relief Commission to deal with the emergency. The Commission was created by a mandate from the National Government to the Executive Yuan which reads as follows:

Creation of the Commission

"Having received from various Provinces reports about the flood and serious losses to its victims, the Government ordered the Executive Yuan to despatch officials to make a thorough investigation and suggest plans for relief. The extent of the areas affected and the magnitude of the disaster have been without precedent for the last hundred years. Matters such as emergency relief, rehabilitation and constructive measures to prevent recurrence of such calamities in future should be given adequate consideration and put into effect by enlisting all available resources, and by the application of expert knowledge. The National Government hereby creates the National Flood Relief Commission and Mr. Soong Tze Vung, Hsu Shih Ying, Liu Shang Ching, Kung Hsiang Hsi and Chu Ching Lan are appointed members with Mr. Soong Tze Vung as Chairman.

The above named members are to devise immediate plans for relief and put them into operation in conformity with the Government's solicitude for the welfare of the sufferers."

Of the members, Mr. T. V. Soong was Vice-President of the Executive Yuan and Minister of Finance, Mr. Hsu Shih Ying, Chairman of the National Famine Relief Commission, Mr. Liu Shang Ching, Minister of the Interior, Mr. Kung Hsiang Hsi, Minister of Industry,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents v
  • Foreword xi
  • Chapter I - The Flood of 1931 1
  • Chapter II - Organization and Finance 11
  • Chapter III - Wheat and Its Distribution 24
  • Chapter IV - Emergency Relief and Inspectorate 63
  • Chapter V - Farm Rehabilitation 92
  • Chapter VI - Engineering and Labour Relief 104
  • Chapter VII - Hygiene and Sanitation 146
  • Chapter VIII - Conclusion 184
  • Appendices 197
  • Index 307
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