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500 Evacuated after massive fire engulfs one of the last remaining slums in Seoul, South Korea

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum meeting. His spokeswoman Kim Un-hee said the president has asked to take all necessary steps to control the fire and reduce the damage.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Seoul: A huge fire broke out in the slum area of ​​Seoul, the capital of South Korea. 500 people have been evacuated from the spot after the fire broke out. The fire broke out in the southern Seoul Guryong area at around 6:27 a.m. Friday. There are 660 more houses here. Around 290 fire personnel, 10 helicopters and teams of police have been pressed into service to douse the blaze, a fire official said. No casualties have been reported in the fire.

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Effective steps are being taken
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is currently in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum meeting. During this, his spokesperson Kim Un-hee said that the President has asked to take all necessary steps to control the fire and reduce the damage. It has also been said to send fire fighters and equipment to the affected area.

Interior Minister Lee Sang-min also instructed the authorities to take effective measures to minimize the possible damage and also pay attention to the safety of the people living in the surrounding areas.

Disaster affected area
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said he visited the affected area to ask authorities to take measures to evacuate families affected by the fire. The region has been affected by fire, flood and other calamities. Here the houses are made using cardboard and wood.

Safety and health issues have always been a challenge for the residents here. Amid decades-long tussle between landowners, there has been very little development in the area and redevelopment and rehabilitation plans have been properly worked out.

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