Celebri­ties do­nate to help del­uge vic­tims

The Korea Times - - CULTURE - By Lee Gyu-lee gyulee@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Celebri­ties, in­clud­ing co­me­dian Yoo Jae-suk and ac­tor Park Seo-joon, are mo­bi­liz­ing to pro­vide disas­ter as­sis­tance, af­ter heavy rain caused sig­nif­i­cant ca­su­al­ties and dam­age across Korea.

The tor­ren­tial rain, which started over the week­end, has trig­gered land­slides in sev­eral places and flooded res­i­den­tial ar­eas, mostly in the Seoul metropoli­tan area and the cen­tral re­gion. The Cen­tral Disas­ter and Safety Coun­ter­mea­sures Head­quar­ters re­ported 13 peo­ple dead, 13 miss­ing and about 2,228 evac­uees, as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

To help those af­fected by the rain and floods, co­me­dian Yoo do­nated 100 mil­lion won ($83,700) Mon­day to an emer­gency re­lief fund for flood vic­tims. The Korea Disas­ter Re­lief As­so­ci­a­tion man­ages the fund.

Ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion, Yoo has pre­vi­ously stepped for­ward to help in disas­ter sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing the 2014 Se­wol ferry disas­ter, the 2017 Po­hang earth­quake and the 2019 Gang­won Prov­ince for­est fire.

“Yoo has been mak­ing gen­er­ous do­na­tions ev­ery time we start a disas­ter re­lief cam­paign,” the as­so­ci­a­tion said. “Be­cause many peo­ple are suf­fer­ing from un­ex­pected heavy rain na­tion­wide, we hope Yoo’s do­na­tion will start the spread of good deeds.”

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