Gangwon Forest Fire대한민국청소년영어뉴스/KOREAN YOUTH ENGLISH NEWS
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  • 기사등록 2019-05-31 14:52:13

▲ A big fire in Gangwon forest

There was a big fire in Gangwon on April 4th and 5th. It was such a big fire that burned five cities in Gangwon. Goseong, Gangwon Province, Gangneung, and Sokcho were hit a huge massive wildfire. The fire started in Goseong and Sockcho area around 7: 17 p.m. on April 4th and was caused by a street-side electric char opposite to a gas station in Wonam-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun.

▲ Government declared Gangwon as a disaster zone

The fire actually spread in 5km/h fanned by a strong wind. This is such a fast speed of fire spread, and with this speed, the fire even reached to private houses in the main city. When the fire first started, Gangwon city put 78 firefighters to extinguish the fire. However, because of the strong wind, they failed to extinguish the fire. After that, 2832 hectares were burned. Also, 566 houses, where 1289 people live, was burned. Eleven people have injured, and two people died.

As such, the forest fire was declared as a national emergency, so the government quickly ordered an all-out response. Because of the forest fire, the mobilization is available at 9 a.m. on April 5th. The firefighters encountered difficulties in extinguishing the fire. It lasted for 17 hours before they extinguished it. The Korea Forest service announced that they extinguished all forest fires in Gangwon Province as of noon on April 6th. Moreover, six days after the government declared a state of disaster on April 5th, five cities and countries were declared as a special disaster zone. The firefighters finally extinguished the fire. However, there are still big damages in Gangwon. Helping people to have their life back is our responsibility to help people who were affected by the Gangwon fire.

▲ A firefighter trying to extinguish the fire

2019.5.11 Gim Si-Hyoung


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