December 10, 2010 11:44
The government plans to supply gas masks to all residents on and in the vicinity of the five West Sea islands close to the inter-Korean maritime border by 2012 to guard against possible chemical attacks from North Korea.
The National Emergency Management Agency says it will spend US$4.2 million next year to purchase additional gas masks for civil defense personnel and secure the budget in 2012 to distribute the protective gear to everyone.
Officials say while up to 80 percent of people living on the five islands that have been exposed to North Korean attacks are equipped, only 30 to 40 percent in the nearby areas are provided with the masks.
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