September 16, 2003 15:43:10 - The government plans to designate some provinces of the nation as special disaster zones due to the damage caused by typhoon "Maemi."
"In consideration of the procedures, including the government's joint investigations for selecting the region, the declaration of the special disaster zone will be made around Sept. 24-25," said presidential spokesman Yoon Tai-young.
Government Administration and Home Affairs Minister Kim Doo-kwan reported during a cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae that the ministry will recommend President Roh Moo-hyun declare the special zones on the completion of joint investigations which begin Sept. 18.
Roh instructed related ministries to complete investigations as early as possible so the assistance can be provided quickly to help typhoon victims recover.
The president gave the instruction after he was briefed on the typhoon disaster by eight related ministries.
Roh also called for steps to help small-sized stores get the governmental assistance needed and promptly implement the special budget earmarked for anti-disaster purposes.
He also called for further steps to be taken to prevent or mit