eseoulpost
DomesticSocial affairs
PM orders thorough investigation into cause of hospital fire
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.01.26  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   

 Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon ordered a thorough investigation Friday into what caused the massive death toll in a hospital fire in the southeastern city of Miryang, after the blaze left at least 37 people dead and more than 70 others injured.

Lee made the remark during a visit to the situation room set up at the city hall of Miryang, 280 km southeast of Seoul, amid fears that the death toll could rise further as some of those injured are in a serious condition.

"There can be questions about how this amount of damage occurred in such a short period of time," Lee said. "We have to offer convincing explanations to the people in a detailed and transparent manner and determine who is responsible."

   The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. at Sejong Hospital, which has 193 beds. Witnesses said the blaze started in the hospital's emergency room on the first floor. The flames didn't spread to other floors.

Most of the fatalities are believed to have died from inhaling toxic gas. The dead include one doctor, a nurse and an assistant nurse.

Lee also offered an apology, noting that the government promised to take steps to prevent such a disaster from happening again when a fire at a sports center in the central city of Jecheon killed 29 people last month.

"We promised to make sure this kind of incident won't happen again, and I'm ashamed to say the same thing," he said. "Accidents come in various types, and it is our obligation to prevent a recurrence after learning from this painful experience."

   Lee promised to provide as much state support for victims as possible.

"I think no words can comfort the families (of victims)," he said. "We're thinking deeply about the shock and pain that the families must be going through. The local and the central government will provide sincere support for the families."

   The interior and safety ministry said it dispatched an interagency team of officials to the site to help cope with the aftermath of the disaster. The 30-member team comprises officials from the interior ministry, the national fire agency, the health ministry, the labor ministry and the land and transport ministry.

The government also plans to assign one official to the family of each victim to help with medical treatment, funeral and other matters, officials said. The government will also send additional doctors and medical staff to 14 hospitals where those injured are being treated. (Yonhap News)

 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Fire at dormitory-style housing facility in Seoul kills at least 7
2
Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub
3
French Minister of Culture visits Louvre Abu Dhabi on the Museum’s first anniversary
4
ERC distributes food supplies to people with special needs in Yemen
5
Fourth Industrial Revolution: Enhancing performance of vital sectors for highest levels of sustainability
6
Global Future Council on Space Technologies discusses the 'Moon Village' concept
7
Sharjah Chamber discusses ways to develop economic relations with Hungary
8
Taipei National Palace Museum may close for 3 years for repairs
9
S. Korea's manufacturing output falls sharply, SMEs affected more than big biz
10
Saudi King Salman, Mohamed bin Zayed discuss regional developments
Photo News Green Biz
DEWA invites customers to take up Shams Dubai to generate onsite solar power
DEWA invites customers to take up ...
min
World Green Economy Summit to kick off in October
World Green Economy Summit to kick...
min
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional Biodiversity Forum in the Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional...
min
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more t...
min
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Photo News Sports
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
Photo News World
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
Photo News Opinion
Koreas begin joint waterway survey along western border
Koreas begin joint waterway survey...
min
S. Korean, U.S. to resume marine exercise
S. Korean, U.S. to resume marine e...
min
Koreas resume exchanging information on illegal fishing near sea border
Koreas resume exchanging informati...
min
Moon calls for parliamentary support for expansionary budget, peace process with N. Korea
Moon calls for parliamentary suppo...
min
Supreme Court rules religious belief valid reason for refusing mandatory military service
Supreme Court rules religious beli...
min
Moon calls for expanding renewable energy production
Moon calls for expanding renewable...
min
Supreme Court orders Japanese firm to provide compensation for wartime forced labor
Supreme Court orders Japanese firm...
min
Koreas, UNC complete JSA disarmament verification
Koreas, UNC complete JSA disarmame...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com