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South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital. ― Google

Capital: Seoul

Dialing code: +82

President: Moon Jae-in

Currency: South Korean won

Population: 51.78 million (2020) World Bank

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Large Wild Fires Hit South Korea

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Several wildfires events have started in south-eastern Gangwon Province and north-eastern North Gyeongsang Province (eastern coast of South Korea).

According to media reports, the wildfires have affected an approximate area of 15,091 ha (14,319 ha in Uljin County, and 772 ha in Samcheok). More than 400 facilities, including 273 houses have been damaged, while 540 residents are currently sheltered in evacuation centres.

The Hanul nuclear power plant (Uljin County) was threatened by the proximity of the wildfire events, thanks to strong winds and firefighting operations the plant was protected. 

A severe wildfire alert is in effect for south-eastern Gangwon Province and north-eastern North Gyeongsang Province. According to the JRC Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), the fire risk on 7-9 March is from low to moderate across the eastern coast of South Korea. 

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Humanitarian Impact
  540
      Affected Persons
  540
        Displaced Persons
    400
          Damaged Homes

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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