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Flood Damage Causes Havoc
[ Issue 164 Page 1 ] Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 15:45:44 Juhoon Lee Editor-in-Chief juhoonlee@kaist.ac.kr

The last week of August saw a surprising amount of precipitation for the season; the entire country suffered from an overflow of water, resulting in massive damages to building and crops. The KAIST campus, due to its low elevation as well as the weakened states of the building structures after decades of use, was no exception. In addition to leakages in dorms and various buildings, many student clubs lost valuable equipment as water submerged their clubrooms, many of which are located below or on the first floor of the Student Center-2 (N12) and Sports Complex (N3) buildings. The Construction Team concluded that the cause lay in faulty plumbing, which resulted in the reversal of the water flow, and stated that the clubs carried no liability.

In response, the Undergraduate Students Clubs Union (USCU) announced after an Operations Committee meeting that with the cooperation of the Student Affairs Team, though personal belongings will not be funded for restoration, communal equipment such as amplifiers will be replaced by the team as they serve a clear purpose for the entire club. It also stated that the union will provide some amount of funding for additional necessary supplies — however, the consideration of items such as furniture that do not require immediate replacement has been put off for further discussion. The USCU projected roughly 10 million KRW from its budget would be the minimum required to fix the most pressing damage. It asked clubs to submit necessary forms, including pictures and receipts, if they wished to be funded for possible restoration of the equipment.

Despite the aid, the damage caused by the flood is expected to leave a lasting impact on the wellbeing of the student clubs at KAIST.

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