South Korea: Wildfire triggers mass evacuation

In times of great need, people affected by disaster need great sensitivity

The water had receded, the mud was hosed out and most of the contents of Adriana and Marek’s house was in a pile on the kerb.

Friends, neighbours and strangers helped extract sodden cupboards and ruined appliances so the couple could set aside stuff to salvage.

They had made good progress, but it will be a long time before their house is livable and much they need before then.

His response is not unusual among people in crisis. Associate Professor Fiona Charlson, from the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, said people affected by a major disaster can feel overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted.

She said making choices and solving problems could be difficult…READ ON

South Korea: Wildfire triggers mass evacuation

Thousands of South Korean firefighters and troops on Saturday worked to put out a large wildfire that has spread across more than 6,000 hectares (almost 15,000 acres) since breaking out on a mountain on the country’s eastern coast.

The fire threatened at one stage to reach a nuclear power plant and South Korea’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) production complex, but firefighters brought the blaze under control before it reached the facilities, according to officials cited by Yonhap news agency.

At least 159 homes and 46 other buildings have been destroyed, and some 6,200 people have been evacuated from the affected region, according to The Associated Press.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths…READ ON

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