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Gov't, ruling party agrees to promptly give relief to typhoon-stricken areas

All Headlines 09:19 October 10, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government and the ruling Saenuri Party held talks Monday to quickly provide aid and other necessary support to the typhoon-stricken areas in the southern part of the country.

"We will promptly roll out all necessary support to minimize the damage and inconvenience of the residents of the typhoon-stricken regions," Minister of Public Safety and Security Park In-yong said during the meeting.

Saenuri said the government must designate the regions as special disaster zones to speed up the restoration efforts.

Lee Suk-joon, the head of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, said the government will also actively provide support to restore damaged facilities owned by regional authorities, adding Seoul is examining the option of offering subsidies to cover private property damage.

The country's transportation ministry said it will moreover provide free inspections for flooded vehicles.

Last week, Typhoon Chaba struck southern parts of South Korea, leaving at least seven people dead. Aside from the human losses, the heavy rains affected some 7,500 hectares of farmland and inundated 508 houses, along with more than a thousand automobiles.

Officials from the government and the ruling Saenuri Party hold a meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul on Oct. 10, 2016, to discuss countermeasures following Typhoon Chaba. (Yonhap)

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