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Military sends thousands of troops to help restoration work after typhoon

All Headlines 17:35 October 09, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military on Sunday sent thousands of its troops and equipment to help restore the country's southern region battered by a typhoon last week, officials said.

The military dispatched some 5,400 soldiers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and some 60 heavy machinery vehicles such as excavators to Ulsan, Pohang and the resort island of Jeju.

The troops mainly helped typhoon victims clean up their belongings, collect floating waste and remove earth and sand from the streets.

The previous day, the armed services sent some 4,200 troops to the areas hit by Typhoon Chaba that left at least seven people dead, according to the Ministry of Public Safety and Security.

Since the Ministry of National Defense and the Army's Second Operations Command set up disaster relief teams Thursday, the military has engaged in the restoration work.

Aside from human casualties, the typhoon damaged crops on some 7,500 hectares of farmland and inundated 508 houses along with another thousand vehicles. Almost 200 people from 90 households have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding.

This photo, taken on Oct. 8, 2016, shows soldiers removing road debris in a marketplace in Ulsan, a southern city affected by Typhoon Chaba. (Yonhap)

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