Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at Guryong village, the last slum in Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, on Friday morning. Photo: South Korea’s National Fire Agency/Yonhap via Reuters
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at Guryong village, the last slum in Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, on Friday morning. Photo: South Korea’s National Fire Agency/Yonhap via Reuters
South Korea

Huge blaze erupts in South Korea slum on edge of Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, hundreds evacuated

  • At least 60 homes were destroyed, with hundreds of firefighters, police officers and troops dispatched alongside 53 fire engines and 10 helicopters
  • Guryong Village, one of the last remaining slums in the capital of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, has been struck by at least 16 blazes since 2009

Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at Guryong village, the last slum in Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, on Friday morning. Photo: South Korea’s National Fire Agency/Yonhap via Reuters
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at Guryong village, the last slum in Seoul’s glitzy Gangnam district, on Friday morning. Photo: South Korea’s National Fire Agency/Yonhap via Reuters
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