SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 15, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that Mayor Park Won-Soon will meet with Lao Ambassador to Korea Khamsouay Keodalavong on August 16 to convey Seoul citizens’ consolation and sympathy for the victims of a recent deadly flood, and deliver US$ 50,000 to help Laos in its ongoing restoration efforts.
On July 23, an auxiliary dam at the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam cluster in Laos collapsed due to heavy rains, causing flooding in several nearby villages that killed civilians and left more than 100 missing.
In an effort to strengthen Seoul’s international responsibility and to help relief activities in case of overseas disaster or other emergency events, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has set aside the “emergency relief budget” every year from its foreign cooperation fund. With this budget, the city government helped governments and citizens, for instance, who suffered from an earthquake hit Mexico in September 2017 and Ecuador in April 2016.
Emergency events Seoul had sent relief supports : earthquake in Sichuan, China, in May 2008 (US$ 300,000), earthquake in Haiti in 2010 (US$ 100,000), typhoon in the Philippines in November 2013 ($ 200,000), earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 (US$ 100,000), earthquake in Ecuador in April 2016 (US$ 100,000), and earthquake in Mexico in September 2017 (US$ 50,000)
In addition to this relief effort, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will share Seoul’s major successful policies with Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The two cities signed a friendship relation agreement in 2015.