South Korea Declares National Emergency Amid Wildfires

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s

South Korea Declares National Emergency Amid Wildfires

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as officials battle the flames.

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South Korea Declares National Emergency Amid Wildfires

Authorities declared a national disaster in South Korea as massive wildfires spread across the country.

At least two people have died and at least 11 were injured, according to the  Associated Press .

The fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate, and has destroyed more than 100 homes.

The  BBC reports  a spark from a transformer in a city northeast of Seoul is believed to have started the fire Thursday.

It then quickly spread from strong winds.

A South Korean news outlet reports the fire has burned more than  1,300 acres .  The fire is being billed as one of the worst disasters to hit South Korea in over a decade.  Firefighters have been able to contain one fire, but a second fire is about 50% contained.

The military has joined in efforts to put out the flames.

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