April 18, 2012 11:42
Residents of the westernmost islands now have new bomb shelters 17 months after North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010.
The government spent W53 billion on seven shelters on Yeonpyeong Island, 26 on Baeknyeong, and nine on Daecheong (US$1=W1,141). The project began in March last year.
The old bomb shelters on the islands became dilapidated over four decades. According to the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, a total of 117 such shelters were built in 1974 and 1975. During the North's bomb attack on Yeonpyeong Island, islanders had to endure the cold weather in the old shelters with only layers of Styrofoam on the floor and candles.
Built into a mountain slope at a depth of 8 to 10 m, one new bomb shelter on Yeonpyeong measures 660 sq.m and can accommodate 500 people. The concrete structure is 50-60 cm thick and can endure attacks from 122 mm rockets, the North's major firearm.
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