South Korea is taking precautionary measures to protect thousands of teenagers participating in the World Scout Jamboree as Typhoon Khanun approaches. The jamboree has encountered several challenges, including heat wave illnesses and concerns raised by parents about its organization, which led to the withdrawal of large Scout contingents in advance.
Weather forecasts predict that Typhoon Khanun, which has already hit southern Japan, will reach the southern regions of South Korea before progressing to the peninsula. In response to the imminent threat, scouts camping in the southwestern part of the country are being evacuated to safer areas, especially around the capital, Seoul.
The evacuation process involves the use of more than 1,000 buses to transport more than 36,000 explorers from more than 150 countries. To ensure a safe journey, police helicopters and patrol cars accompany the convoys.
The scouts will be hosted in different regions of South Korea, with more than 16,000 participants taking refuge in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province. Additional contingents will be dispersed across six other areas of the country, offering a wide range of accommodation. Local authorities are thoroughly inspecting the cleanliness of the facilities to address previous complaints about sanitation.
Although the jamboree has faced unprecedented challenges, Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, remains optimistic that these difficulties will be overcome. Despite the withdrawal of large scout contingents from the United States and Great Britain, the event will continue with alternative programs and a K-pop show to ensure an engaging and enjoyable experience for the remaining participants.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has mobilized an emergency response team to handle the situation effectively. Despite the setbacks, South Korea remains committed to hosting the event and ensuring the safety and well-being of all explorers involved.
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