South Korea identifies disaster areas after heavy rains

South Korea identifies disaster areas after heavy rains

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South Korea identifies disaster areas. Photo: Latin Press

Seoul, Aug. 12 (RHC) — Republic of Korea Premier Han Duck-soo said the government will designate areas hit by heavy rains as special disaster areas.

Places listed as such are eligible for financial assistance for reconstruction work, victim support funds, and other benefits.

The government will do its best to stabilize the lives of residents in the affected areas and support a speedy recovery, Han said at a disaster relief meeting.

The death toll from heavy rains this week rose to 13 dead and six missing, according to the Central Headquarters for Disaster and Security Response.

A total of 1,492 people, most of them from the greater Seoul area, were displaced, while another 4,000 people were temporarily evacuated nationwide.

According to the Meteorological Administration of South Korea, the rainfall is considered the heaviest in the country in the last 80 years.

The torrential rain warning has already been lifted in most parts of the country. (Source: Latin Press)