South Korea’s government said thousands of firefighters and soldiers had begun efforts to contain forest fires that killed at least one person and forced more than 4,000 others to flee their homes...
The fire broke out in east China’s Jangun province on Thursday evening and extended to Sokcho and Gangesyong cities. By Friday morning, 525 hectares of land and about 198 houses, warehouses and other buildings had been burned, and 2263 people were evacuated to gyms and schools by Friday morning,.
The fire was contained in the Sokcho area and contained about 50 percent of the fire in Gangunyong, the government said. The president’s office said President Moon Jinn had issued instructions to use all available resources to control forest fires.
According to the National Fire Agency, 872 fire trucks and 3251 firefighters from all over South Korea are now working to put out fires.
The Ministry of Defense said 16,500 soldiers, 32 military helicopters and 26 army fire trucks were also deployed, and that there were plans to provide meals for 6,800 people.
A firefighter and a resident look at houses engulfed in flames during a wildfire in Gangneung, South Korea, April 5, 2019.