South Korea is battling a raging fire in the Kaesong industrial zone that has destroyed dozens of buildings, destroyed homes and forced more than 500,000 people to flee their homes.
The blaze has also damaged many homes in the industrial district of Gwangju, the capital of South Korea’s main North Korean city.
The fire has scorched at least 100,000 acres (45,000 hectares) in the city of more than 10 million, and the fire department says more than 6,000 firefighters are battling the blaze.
A senior official with the South Korean government’s Disaster Management Agency told CNN the fire was “getting worse,” adding that the number of casualties could rise, and that the city would soon be in the midst of a major reconstruction effort.
Firefighters are battling thick, thick fire on Kaeson city in South Korean capital, Seoul.
The city’s fire department chief says more buildings will likely be destroyed in the coming days.
South Korea is facing its deadliest fire in decades, which has left at least 50 people dead, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The total death toll is likely to rise as the fire continues to burn.
This image made from video released by the South Korea Fire Department shows the Kaeson Industrial Zone in Kaesan, South Korea.
The fire broke out early Saturday in a warehouse and a residential building in the eastern part of the city.
The cause is under investigation.
South Korea was placed on a state of emergency earlier this month as it battled a deadly chemical attack.
Thousands of people have been displaced and thousands of homes have been damaged.
More than 30,000 residents have been evacuated, according, and at least 5,000 others are missing, Yonhap reported.
Many of the displaced people are being offered help from the government, which sent relief goods, including tents, blankets and water to those who can’t find shelter.
The U.S. Embassy in South Asia also has dispatched a team to help, a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“We continue to support the people of South Koreas and South Korea with the support of the United States Government and our international partners to provide assistance,” she said.
It is unclear what caused the fire, but South Korea has been under heavy fire from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs for years.
President Donald Trump is visiting Seoul for a NATO summit on Thursday, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also visit South Korea, the White House said.