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.


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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