Korea joins in efforts to help Haiti after quake
Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun offered Korea’s condolences to Haiti, which was wrecked by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake this week. He then explained it may take some time to sort out procedural details and the specifics of the aid package.
“Given the gravity of the situation, we’d like to speed up the process and send our aid as soon as possible,” Kim said, adding there would be more aid from civic groups.
U.S. President Barack Obama called for an all-out rescue effort to help Haiti, as thousands of troops were on standby. Australia pledged $9 million in emergency aid. Russia has dispatched search and rescue teams and will send medical supplies. As it prepares to help Haiti, the Korean government has located all six Koreans that had gone missing there.
All three Korean business leaders who had been staying at a hotel that collapsed were located early yesterday, Korean time, the Foreign Ministry said. On Tuesday, the ministry had said there were four Koreans at the hotel, but the delegation included only three, led by sewing businessman Kang Gyeong-soo.
A ministry official also said two Korean citizens who had flown in from Vietnam on a business trip were found to be safe. The Korean Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed their location and that both were headed for the Dominican Republic. The last Korean to be accounted for was a Haiti-based entrepreneur named Seo Gwang-seok. About 70 other Koreans in Haiti were being evacuated to the Dominican Republic, the ministry said. Seventeen Koreans were moving to the neighboring nation on bus and the rest would soon follow, the ministry official explained.
“We’re concerned about aftershocks, plus looting and other security issues,” the official said. “We will take all necessary safety measures.”
By Yoo Jee-ho [email@example.com]
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