South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries held a seminar to advise the families of 149 victims of the Sewol ferry disaster who have yet to seek compensation, ahead of the 30 September deadline for filing claims.
The families are living in Ansan, where many of the passengers came from.
The ministry said that as of 27 August 2015, 167 people or their families have been compensated. Compensation has been paid to families of 136 people who died in the disaster, including 101 Danwon High School students. Compensation was set at USD380,000 for each of the 250 students who died.
The matter has become urgent due to the three-day mid-Autumn holiday from 28-30 September.
The ministry, which deliberates on compensation applications twice a month, is encouraging victims or their families to apply for the state to disburse compensation as litigation would be costly and time-consuming.
Sewol capsized on 16 April 2014 during a routine Incheon-Jeju trip, with 304 of its 476 passengers and crew left dead or missing.