© Reuters. Participants wait in a long line to enter into a keepsake store at the outdoor camping website for the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Buan, South Korea, August 4, 2023. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
By Hyunsu Yim
SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Scouts in South Korea for the World Scout Jamboree will take out of the camping site on Sunday due to severe heat and weather, ending up being the 2nd nation to do so following the United Kingdom.
The United States Contingent will participate in the jamboree program on Saturday prior to transferring to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys near the jamboree website on the following day, according to an e-mail gotten by Reuters.
“The US Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree has made the difficult decision that we will be departing the 25th World Scout Jamboree site early because of ongoing extreme weather and resulting conditions at the jamboree site,” stated the e-mail sent to moms and dads by the United States Contingent Media Team.
Temperatures have actually struck 34 Celsius (93F) in Saemangeum, near the city of Buan on South Korea’s west coast, where 39,000 individuals, mainly hunts aged 14-18, are outdoor camping.
The pullout by the United States comes as a more blow to the organizers and the South Korean federal government, which on Friday had actually stated it would send out more water trucks, air-conditioned areas and medics to conserve the occasion.
Scouts from Britain, the biggest organizing at the jamboree, stated on Friday they were transferring to hotels in Seoul for the rest of their stay, to ease pressure on the website.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement likewise stated in a declaration on Friday that it had actually asked the Korean Scout Association to think about “alternative options to end the event earlier than scheduled and support the participants until they depart for their home countries.”
President Yoon Suk Yeol called a cabinet conference to authorize costs 6 billion won ($4.6 million) to support the jamboree, and Prime Minister Han Duck-soo stated the federal government would “use all its resources to ensure that the jamboree can end safely”.
Hit by severe heat, numerous individuals at the occasion fell ill and were dealt with for heat-related disorders, triggering problems from moms and dads over the security of their kids.
More than 150 nations were participating in the event since Friday, according to authorities.
The jamboree is arranged to run till Aug. 12.