Western island shelters fortified with galvanized steel

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Western island shelters fortified with galvanized steel

South Korea’s military is rebuilding its concrete shelters on five islands along the tense western border with North Korea with galvanized corrugated steel plates in order to make the structures better suited to withstand an attack from the North, an official said yesterday.

The South’s military has deployed more weapons and troops to the Yellow Sea islands and renovated shelters there since the North’s shelling of one of the islands last November. The attack killed two South Korean marines and two civilians, with many homes reduced to charred rubble.

“Currently, work is under way to replace some 100 Marine shelters and protective facilities on Yeonpyeong, Baengnyeong and other islands [near the Yellow Sea border] with corrugated steel plates,” said an official at the Ministry of National Defense.

The official said the work will be completed by the end of June.

“Buildings made of corrugated steel roofing are safer and provide better protection than concrete materials because they generate fewer fragments during an enemy shelling,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.

It is the first time that the military has used corrugated steel plates to build its shelters in South Korea, according to the official.

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