Rep. of Korea: Typhoon Maemi - Sep 2003
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- D.Relief.org: Massive Typhoon Maemi pounds South Korea. 15 Sep 2003
- OCHA: Republic of Korea - Typhoon Maemi OCHA Situation Report No. 2. 22 Sep 2003
- KOIS: Rep. of Korea: Supplemental budget set for typhoon victims. 22 Sep 2003
- JoongAng: Rep. of Korea: Was typhoon response slow?. 16 Sep 2003
- KOIS: Rep. of Korea: Government provides funds for rescue operations in typhoon-hit areas. 15 Sep 2003
Appeal target: CHF 762,888 (USD 524,000 or EUR 517,000)
The government yesterday agreed to a 3-trillion-won ($2.6 billion) supplementary budget package to rebuild in the afternath of Typhoon Maemi.
President Roh Moo-hyun designated all of South Korea except Seoul and Incheon as special disaster areas on Monday in the aftermath of the huge destruction wrought by a powerful typhoon.
The decision, made at the recommendation of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, will make tens of thousands of typhoon victims eligible for more government subsidies and compensation.
Typhoon Maemi, the most powerful to hit South Korea in a century, tore through the country Sept 12, leaving at least 117 people dead and 13 others missing.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0128
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Republic of Korea - Typhoon Maemi
The government has decided to set aside about 4 trillion won in a supplemental budget this year to help the victims of Typhoon Maemi.
The extra budget, the second allocated this year, is expected to hasten the recovery in typhoon-hit areas, but put a strain on fiscal health.
During a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Monday (Sept.
by Heisun Cha - Communications
Updated September 19, 2003
Many parts of the nation are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Maemi as anger grows over accusations that the government did not do enough to warn the country of the storm's danger.
Residents of Ulleungdo off the eastern coast of the peninsula near Japan have expressed outrage, saying the authorities and national broadcasting stations offered little caution about the threat of a major typhoon.
Heavy rain fell yesterday in Seoul, Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, and some parts of southern Korea, causing flooding in some areas and stalling recovery work in regions that were ravaged by Typhoon Maemi last weekend.
The accumulated rainfall in Ganghwa, Gyeonggi province was 216 millimeters (8.5 inches) as of 4 p.m. yesterday. Dongducheon, also in Gyeonggi, had 198 millimeters. In Gangwon, such cities as Chuncheon, Hongcheon, Inje and Cheolwon all had precipitation of more than 100 millimeters. Seoul saw 99.5 millimeters of rain.
Recovery work in typhoon-ravaged areas of the nation has not been carried out properly due to a shortage of equipment and workers, residents claim.
A rice field in Sora village in Yeosu, South Jeolla province, was devastated by Typhoon Maemi last weekend.
The Government of Japan decided on September 17 (Wed) to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to about 9.5 million yen (100 sleeping mats, 15 sets of 2000-liter portable water tanks, 10 sets of 3500-liter portable water tanks, 15 electric generators and 15 cord reels) to the Government of the Republic of Korea, which has sustained damage from a typhoon.
Typhoon 14 hit the ROK, mainly in the southern part of the country, from September 11 to 13, leaving 12,000 evacuees and more than 100 dead, and causing great damage that amounts to more than 350 billion yen.
Gangwon province - Busily scrubbing the corners of his sashimi store, which had been flooded by Typhoon Maemi, Lee Seung-yong talked about conflicting emotions. His store is at Cheolam Market in Taebaek, Gangwon province.
"I am angry. But what can I do? I have no choice but to start again," he said. "I cannot believe that I have to suffer all over again when I just recently finished repairing the damage caused by flooding last year from Typhoon Rusa."
FHI's Korea partner office is providing relief for people affected by Typhoon Maemi, which struck southern Korea on September 12.
Typhoon "Maemi" swept through southern areas of South Korea on 13 September, leaving at least 87 people dead and almost 9,000 homeless. Some 28 people are still unaccounted for, feared carried away by mudslides and floods.
The government pledged yesterday to punish agencies found to have responded poorly to Typhoon Maemi, a storm that devastated the country's southern provinces, leaving 117 dead or missing.
"We will examine if Masan city's evacuation of its citizens was timely, and if delays in rebuilding facilities destroyed in previous typhoons resulted in the same areas in Gangwon province sustaining damage this time around," said Prime Minister Goh Kun in a meeting held yesterday.
At least 12 people were killed in Masan after local authorities failed to evacuate an underground …
SEOUL, Sept 16 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday the death toll from last week's typhoon, the most powerful ever to hit the country, had crossed 100 with more than 20 people still missing.
The anti-disaster agency said in a statement that the death toll from Typhoon Maemi, which swept through the country's southeast on Friday night, had risen to 104 while 22 people were still missing.
It also said the damage from the storm had risen to 1.85 trillion won ($1.58 billion).
September 16, 2003 15:43:10 - The government plans to designate some provinces of the nation as special disaster zones due to the damage caused by typhoon "Maemi."
"In consideration of the procedures, including the government's joint investigations for selecting the region, the declaration of the special disaster zone will be made around Sept. 24-25," said presidential spokesman Yoon Tai-young.
Government Administration and Home Affairs Minister Kim Doo-kwan reported during a cabinet …
Government Information Agency
The government announced that it will provide 100 billion won in emergency aid for rescue operations in the areas hit by Typhoon Maemi, and that it is reviewing the possibility of releasing 1.4 trillion won ($1.2 billion) from the 2003 Reserve Funds for recovery and rescue activities.
In the event of a budget shortfall, an additional fund could be drawn by way of supplemental budget.
The most powerful typhoon ever to strike South Korea claimed more than 100 lives and left 25,000 homeless when it roared ashore over the weekend, leveling buildings, tossing giant cranes and triggering widespread flooding.