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President Moon calls for 'excessive' measures overcome heavy rain as S. Korea reports at least 14 deaths Updated: 2020-08-04 17:09:20 KST

President Moon Jae-in has ordered government officials to implement measures that could be considered "excessive", in coping with the recent heavy rainfall.

"I ask for the government to operate an emergency countermeasure system to minimize the damage caused by the heavy rain. I call for full, preventative measures to the extent that they could be considered excessive.

Speaking at an emergency video conference with related ministers Tuesday, President Moon stressed the to need focus on areas deemed high risk and take preemptive steps to evacuate residents in those regions.
He also reminded officials to pay attention to the possibility of landslides, while controlling dams and reservoirs to prevent further flooding.

Over the past four days, South Korea has reported at least 14 deaths and 12 others missing, as of 6PM Tuesday.
Thousands have been affected by the floods, with more than two,three-hundred people from Seoul, Gyeonggi and Gangwon-do provinces needing to be evacuated.
Nearly three-thousand buildings and facilities such as houses, roads and bridges have also been damaged.
Authorities imposed traffic restrictions on some 50 roads nationwide as well as closing more than two-hundred-50 trails at major mountains and national parks.

As for follow up measures, President Moon urged government officials to create a task force to swiftly investigate areas suffering from severe damage. By designating them as "Special Disaster Zones", it allows the state to support at least 50-percent of the expenditure required.

"The President also called on the central and local governments to work together on finding ways to save lives, restore damage and come up with disaster relief initiatives to act as a reliable "fence" that protects the safety of the citizens."

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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