US sends sympathy to South Korea over typhoon disaster
WASHINGTON (AFP) Sep 16, 2003
The United States on Monday expressed sympathy and offered 50,000 dollars in disaster relief to South Korea after Typhoon Maemi swept ashore, leaving 121 people dead or missing.

"We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of this unfortunate natural disaster," said State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli in a statement.

"We stand ready to support Korea in its efforts during this difficult period."

Ereli said the US Agency for International Development (USAID) had approved the provision of 50,000 dollars to the Korean Red Cross for disaster relief and rehabilitation work.

Maemi carved a path of devastation through southeastern South Korea for several hours overnight Friday before veering out to sea on Saturday and blowing itself out.