Firefighters, Soldiers Deployed to Contain Massive Wildfires in South Korea

김동수 / 기사승인 : 2019-07-16 17:51:54
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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are working together to contain wildfires that broke in South Korea on Thursday, which have led to the death of one citizen and drove over 4,000 people to evacuate from their homes, the South Korean government said.

The fires sparked in the eastern Gangwon Province on Thursday evening and began to spread to the neighboring cities of Sokcho and Gangneung. The South Korean government states the flames burned down about 525 hectares (1,297 acres) of land and around 198 homes, warehouses, and other establishments as it continued to rage early Friday.

By early Friday, around 2,263 citizens were forced to seek shelter in gymnasiums and schools, Reuters reported, with the figure going down from about 4,230 citizens reported earlier. The news agency added classes were suspended in 52 schools.

In the Sokcho region, the government said the fire has been contained, according to the government, while some 50 percent of the flames in the Gangneung area was also contained.

Citing the presidential office, Reuters stated that President Moon Jae-in released an order to employ all available resources in order to put out the forest fires.

Meanwhile, the National Fire Agency has announced that about 872 fire trucks and 3,251 from every nook and cranny of the country are now working together to contain the massive wildfire.

About 16,500 soldiers, 32 military helicopters, and 26 military fire trucks have also been deployed to affected regions, said the Ministry of Defense. It added that there are also plans to provide meals for 6,800 people.

About four billion won (or $3.52 million, as $1 is equal to 1,136 won) in special subsidies will be issued for containing the enraging flames as well as to clean up debris. Along with this is 250 million won in disaster relief funds for the temporary shelter and daily necessities of evacuees, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.


소방당국, 강원 산불 위해 전체 소방력의 약 27% 투입해

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] "불씨 하나라도 있으면 다시 시작될 수 있다" "모든 잔불 제거하는 게 목표"

2019년 봄, 강원도를 통째로 잡아먹은 거대 산불 사건. 강원 고성소방서 110여 명이 잔불 처리 작업에 분주했다. 이따금 잔해더미에서 매캐한 잔불 연기가 다시 피어오르자, 소방관들이 급히 진화에 나섰다.

소방당국은 계속해서 불씨를 완전히 제거하기 위한 '뒷불 감시' 작업을 벌였다. 소방청은 이번 강원 산불에 전국 소방 비상동원령을 발령해 전체 소방력의 약 27%를 강원산불 진화에 투입했다.

[저작권자ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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