South Korea – Wildfires (GDACS, Forest South Korea, GWIS, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 07 March 2022)

• Several wildfires events have started in south-eastern Gangwon Province and north-eastern North Gyeongsang Province (eastern coast of South Korea).

• According to media reports, the wildfires have affected an approximate area of 15,091 ha (14,319 ha in Uljin County, and 772 ha in Samcheok). More than 400 facilities, including 273 houses have been damaged, while 540 residents are currently sheltered in evacuation centres.

• The Hanul nuclear power plant (Uljin County) was threatened by the proximity of the wildfire events, thanks to strong winds and firefighting operations the plant was protected.

• A severe wildfire alert is in effect for south-eastern Gangwon Province and north-eastern North Gyeongsang Province. - According to the JRC Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), the fire risk on 7-9 March is from low to moderate across the eastern coast of South Korea.

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

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