Lesson for Shanghai

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 September, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to 'Lessons for Shanghai in the campaign to save Venice' (Sunday Morning Post, September 21), which compared the plight of a sinking Shanghai with the flooding of Venice.

It said that in May this year the Italian government at last approved a massive project to 'save' Venice from repeated flooding.

Bearing in mind that the Venice in Peril Fund was set up in 1966, following the severe flooding then, it does now seem - after 37 years - high time that something was done to put an end to this problem, in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Venice has continued to be in peril all these years. From 40 inundations annually in 1989, we now see 100 a year in the famous Italian city.

Despite the Venice in Peril Fund's decades-old existence, it seems that Venice is more in peril now than ever before.

Let us hope that the Shanghai authorities will not also need to take 37 years before they take the steps necessary to protect their city.