Kumamoto Governor To Announce “Adjustment on the Premise of Construction of Kawabegawa Dam” On November 11, 18:41
In an interview with concerned parties, it was found in interviews with concerned parties that the governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, Mr. Kuwashima, made adjustments on the premise of promoting the construction of the Kawabegawa Dam, and that he would express specific directions as of July 19.
The governor of Kumamoto Prefecture is considering flood control measures in the Kuma River basin after the heavy rain disaster as “one of the options” for the construction of dams in the kawabe River, a branch of the river, which was once withdrawn.
In response, last month, the government showed verification results such as “If there was a dam, the inundation range of Hitoyoshi City could have been reduced by 60%,” and there were a series of opinions from the mayors of municipalities in the basin asking for the construction of the dam.
Under these circumstances, I found out in interviews with concerned parties that Governor Kuwashima will make adjustments on the premise that he will proceed with the construction of the Kawabegawa Dam, and that he will announce the specific direction at the council of all members of the prefectural assembly on the 19th of this month.
In order to pay attention to voices concerned about the impact on the environment, we aim to promote “watershed flood control” in which water is received throughout the basin in combination with other measures, keeping in mind the “flow-water-type” dam, which flows directly without draining water except in the event of heavy rain.
Governor Tsujishima has been holding meetings since last month to hear opinions from residents of the basin, and on the 11th, he exchanged opinions with flood management experts.
In response to experts calling for a cautious stance on dam construction, Governor Kuwashima said, “As a politician, I am suffering between ideals and reality. The fact that 65 lives were lost in the heavy rain disaster in July is heavy.”
When asked about the direction of flood relief, Governor Tsujishima, who responded to the interview, said, “We will consider both the safety and security of watersheds and the protection of the environment,” and avoided the statement.