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A ward of the South Korean city of Taegu has implemented an ordinance to support surviving South Korean victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Japanese support group for victims said Thursday.

According to the Association of Citizens for Supporting South Korean Atomic Bomb Victims, Tonggu Ward implemented the ordinance in May to help local victims of the bombings. The ordinance was the first of its kind to be implemented in South Korea.

It provides free medical treatment in the central city’s Tonggu Ward to people who were affected by radiation from the bombing.

The ordinance stipulates that the ward will supply 100,000 won (9930 yen) in aid per month currently supplied by a welfare fund established by the Japanese government if the fund is depleted. Japanese victims are covered by a special law that provides better subsidies for their medical care.

There are 41 victims living in Tonggu Ward, the support group said.

The group said it hopes that such an ordinance will be implemented in other municipalities.

There are approximately 5,000 A-bomb survivors living outside Japan, including about 2,000 in South Korea.

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