Foreign ministry reviews ways to support foreign victims of battery plant fire

The foreign ministry held a meeting Monday to review measures to support foreign victims of a deadly fire that ravaged a battery plant in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, earlier in the day. Second Vice Foreign Minister Kang In-sun presided over the meeting, also attended by consular officials and expressed deep condolences over the deaths of 20 foreign workers in the fire at the plant run by lithium battery maker Aricell in Hwaseong, 45 kilometers south of Seoul. According to firefighting authorities, 20 of the 22 people confirmed dead were foreign nationals, including 18 Chinese and one Laotian. One person's nationality has yet to be identified. Kang instructed officials to maintain close cooperation with relevant embassies to provide assistance in arranging funerals and support to the bereaved families. The Chinese Embassy in Seoul wrote on social media that it immediately launched emergency operations to respond to the disaster and will do its best to help victims' families handle the aftermath. Source: Y onhap News Agency