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S. Korea declares national emergency as wildfire burns

13,000 rescue officials mobilized as fire blazes along east coast, spreading from forests to urban regions

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 05.04.2019
S. Korea declares national emergency as wildfire burns file photo


A massive wildfire has engulfed forests near South Korea’s eastern coasts, later spreading to urban regions, local media reported Friday.

According to Yonhap news agency, the blaze has spread into cities near the affected region, leaving one dead, 35 injured and thousands homeless.

The government has declared a national emergency, mobilizing all resources to bring the inferno under control, the report said.

Originating in the mountainous Goseong region, later spreading to various cities including Sokcho, Gangneung and Donghae within hours.

"Over 13,000 rescue officials from across the nation battled to contain the fire," said the report, noting that the damage caused by the conflagration had reached "unprecedented" levels.

"The government declared a state of national disaster for the affected areas as of 9 a.m. [0000GMT], enabling swift provisions of relief supplies and other resources necessary to minimize the damage," Yonhap added.

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