Border Regions with N.Korea Lack Evacuation Facilities

  • By Choi Jae-yong

    October 24, 2017 11:36

    Small islands in the West Sea near the maritime border with North Korea lack evacuation facilities in case of a North Korean attack. The islands include Yeonpyeong and Baeknyeong, which fell victim to North Korean shelling in 2010, and Ganghwa.

    According to data submitted Monday to the National Assembly by the Incheon city government, which oversees the islands, they are home to 87 of the 190 evacuation facilities built by the government around the nation.

    An underground shelter in Ganghwa, Incheon remains unfinished in this April 10, 2013 file photo.

    But that is only enough for 80.3 percent of the locals, and only four of them are nuclear radiation proof.

    Most of them also lack gas masks, emergency medical supplies and tools.

    Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Park Chan-woo said, "We need to revise laws so that residents of areas close to the border can have access to emergency life-saving supplies."

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