Residents of the island of Yeonpyeong near the West Sea border expressed fear and shock as North Korea on Tuesday fired more than 200 rounds of artillery toward South Korean waters and the island.
A 43-year-old resident currently staying in an emergency shelter told the YTN News that the whole town is on fire. “You cannot see anything,” he told. “The town is totally dark because of the fire smoke.”
He said there are about six emergency shelters provided there. At his shelter, there are about 20 people staying together. Some residents’ cellphones don’t work. “I don’t know about food and electricity,” he said.
|Smoke billows from houses set aflame on Yeonpyeong Island after North Korea fired artillery shells at the island Tuesday. (Yonhap News)|
The resident said his children are staying at one of the other shelters, which is provided in a middle school building, but he cannot visit them because the roads have been destroyed. “The best way to be safe would be getting off of the island,” he said. “But there is no way to do that.”
So far, two residents and four South Korean soldiers have been reported to be injured.