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Pres. Yoon apologizes for damage due to heavy rain; ruling PPP and gov't come up with measures Updated: 2022-08-11 08:01:10 KST

President Yoon Suk-yeol has been chairing various emergency response meetings in light of the heavy rain and flooding, apologizing to the public and ordering fundamental response countermeasures to help people in the highest-risk areas.
On Wednesday, the ruling People Power Party and government officials also held related talks.
Kim Bo-kyoung tells us more.

Regarding the heavy downpours that triggered massive flooding and damage in South Korea this week, President Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday apologized to the public.

"I express my deepest condolences to the victims and would like to convey my apologies, on behalf of the government, to all those who were inconvenienced by the heavy rain."

Saying that abnormal weather like this could happen again in the future, Yoon called for fundamental plans to be put in place, saying that there should be no delay in coming up with new measures but also that restoration and support should also be carried out right away.
Mentioning his visit to Gwanak-gu District in Seoul on Tuesday where the residents of a semi-basement housing unit died, President Yoon called for cutting edge technology to monitor the levels of the country's waterways and to carry out simulations to test warning systems.

Meanwhile, the ruling People Power Party and government have agreed to put damage restoration as their utmost priority by using all available budget and administrative capacity.
The government also confirmed its will to review naming affected regions as "special disaster zones."

"The government should come up with preemptive and comprehensive measures in order to minimize the damage. Restoration sites are in need of equipment such as drainage pumps. The government should swiftly come up with plans to organize restoration equipment.

"The government will try its best so that things can go back to how they were before. If necessary it will also actively review announcing special disaster zones after a prompt investigation of the damage."

Part of other measures include swiftly compensating owners of damaged vehicles, and giving financial aid to small business owners who have suffered flood damage.
They also agreed on carrying out drainage pumps inspections nationwide using a task force set by both central and local governments.

"Both the government and ruling party have agreed not only to deal with the aftermath of the torrential rainfall that's believed to have been the heaviest in 115 years, but also aim to better deal with similar downpours in the future.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News."
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