Gov't declares state of disaster for Goseong inferno


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The South Korean government declared a state of national disaster Friday over the massive blaze that has engulfed five cities and counties along the northeastern coast.

The announcement came after Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said he had recommended that President Moon Jae-in take the measure. 

(Yonhap)

“The government will also decide whether to designate the affected areas as special disaster zones, after examining the extent of the damage,” an official at the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said.

The inferno, which started on a mountain near the northeastern coast, has killed one man and destroyed woodland and buildings, with the damage piling up to what authorities have described as “an unprecedented extent.”  (Yonhap)


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