Budgetary support handed to six cities and provinces hit by typhoons in September
The government is providing 50.9 billion won ($44.9 million) to six cities and provinces that sustained damages from back-to-back typhoons in September.
The Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced Friday that the government will provide 22.3 billion won to Gangwon Province, 19.8 billion won to North Gyeongsang Province and 4.7 billion won to South Gyeongsang Province as special budgetary support.
The government will also provide Ulsan with 2.1 billion won, Jeju Island with 1.2 billion won and Busan with 800 million won.
The ministry said the measure is aimed at lifting the burden for the regions conducting recovery efforts from Typhoon Maysak and Typhoon Haishen.
Typhoon Haishen, the 10th typhoon of the year, came in early September to trigger massive flash floods and landslides in many regions while damaging buildings, bridges, farmland and other properties.
Just days earlier, Typhoon Maysak had swept across Korea to cause mass power outages, disrupt transportation and damage homes and farms. Over 850 counts of property damage were reported from the typhoon’s movement.
Korea already underwent the longest monsoon season in history this year, which caused the worst damage from storms and flooding in 14 years.
The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said it assessed the monsoon season caused property damage of 1.037 trillion won -- 936.3 billion won to public facilities and 100.8 billion won to private facilities.
Out of the 50.9 billion won in support promised by the government, 42.3 billion won was granted for the purpose of recovering damaged facilities and infrastructure.
The remaining 8.6 billion won was given to resume stopped construction of public facilities due to the typhoon-hit regions’ budgetary constraints.
By Ko Jun-tae (firstname.lastname@example.org