Tens of thousands of young scouts to leave South Korean world jamboree as storm Khanun looms

by Ryan Lee
fokus keyword Tropical Storm Khanun

South Korea is making arrangements to move tens of thousands of scouts from a coastal jamboree location in the face of the approaching Tropical Storm Khanun, according to scouting authorities on Monday.

The World Organization of the Scout Movement confirmed that the South Korean government has given notice of the early exit for all attendees in the southwestern region of Buan. This requires the rapid relocation of tens of thousands of mostly teenage scouts from 158 nations away from the storm’s trajectory.

The country’s meteorological department predicts the region could be impacted by the storm as soon as Wednesday.

The office of President Yoon Suk Yeol stated that he has requested “contingency” measures, potentially moving the scouts to accommodations like hotels within Seoul and surrounding urban areas.

Earlier hot weather has already prompted thousands of scouts from Britain and America to leave the site, which was constructed on land recovered from the ocean. Since the jamboree began on Wednesday, numerous participants have been treated for heat-related conditions. Critics had previously voiced concerns about hosting such a significant number of youth in a vast, treeless region with little shielding from the summertime heat.

On Monday, the jamboree’s organizers were hastily devising evacuation strategies ahead of the storm’s landfall. Choi Chang-haeng, the secretary-general of the organizing committee, reported that more than 340 shelters, including community centers and gyms in areas close to Buan, have been arranged.

The Jamboree drew around 40,000 scouts, mainly teenagers, from 158 different countries to a campsite on land that was once under the sea. The U.K. supplied the largest national group with about 4,500 scouts, and around 1,000 came from the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword Tropical Storm Khanun

What is the reason for evacuating tens of thousands of scouts from the South Korean jamboree site?

Tropical Storm Khanun is looming, and as a precautionary measure, South Korean authorities, along with scouting officials, have decided to evacuate the scouts from the coastal jamboree site in the southwestern county of Buan.

How many scouts are affected, and where are they from?

About 40,000 scouts are affected, and they come from 158 different countries. The largest national contingent is from the U.K., with about 4,500 scouts, and around 1,000 are from the United States.

When is the storm expected to affect the region?

South Korea’s weather agency said the region could be affected by Tropical Storm Khanun as early as Wednesday.

What measures are being taken to evacuate the scouts?

South Korea is making arrangements to move the scouts to more than 340 evacuation venues, including community centers and gyms, in regions near Buan. President Yoon Suk Yeol has also called for “contingency” plans like relocating them to hotels in Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas.

Were there any other issues at the jamboree site before the storm?

Yes, hot temperatures had already forced thousands of British and American scouts to leave the site, and hundreds of participants had been treated for heat-related ailments since the jamboree started. Critics had previously raised concerns about the suitability of the location due to a lack of protection from the summer heat.

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Tom Jensen August 7, 2023 - 12:13 pm

wht were they thinking setting up in a place like that… Stay safe scouts! Hope they learn from this next time.

Emily Waters August 7, 2023 - 2:02 pm

Can’t believe they choose that location, with no trees or shade. Glad my son didn’t go. Praying for everyone’s safety!

John Smith August 7, 2023 - 3:36 pm

Really woried about the kids over there. Stay safe everyone; mother nature shows no mercy!

Sarah Connor August 7, 2023 - 8:53 pm

they should have thought about the weather befor setting up such a big event, not just the storm but the heat to. Glad they’re getting them out of there.

Mike O'Brien August 7, 2023 - 11:21 pm

I have a nephew at that jamboree. Thanks to the organizrs for taking quick action. These storms are no joke, people.


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