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Gov't, ruling party hold emergency meeting to deal with typhoon damage

All Headlines 15:13 October 05, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government and the ruling party held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss measures to cope with damages caused by Typhoon Chaba which swept the southern part of the country.

During the meeting, the Saenuri Party urged the government to implement measures to support farmers in the area while allocating a special fund for restoration projects after the typhoon. The strong winds and downpour also damaged houses and factories across the region.

The government concurred with the request, adding it will promptly conduct a review of damages that can provide a better picture of support needed.

Typhoon Chaba, packing winds of up to 56.5 meters per second in some areas, led to power failures as well as suspension of operations at factories along with the cancellation of flights and train schedules on Wednesday.

Political observers said the prompt meeting came after the public criticism on the government's belated actions on last month's earthquake which also struck the southern part of the country.

Saenuri lawmakers also asked the finance ministry to review its budget plan for next year to better take natural disasters into consideration.

Officials from the South Korean government and the ruling Saenuri Party hold an emergency meeting on the countermeasures against Typhoon Chaba at the Seoul-based National Assembly headquarters on Oct. 5, 2016. (Yonhap)

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