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Despite severe flood damage, torrential rain lessens in the capital of South Korea

Image: Reuters Berita 24 English - At least nine people were killed and 2,800 homes and other buildings were damaged by the torrential rain ...


Image: Reuters

Berita 24 English - At least nine people were killed and 2,800 homes and other buildings were damaged by the torrential rain that lashed Seoul, the capital of South Korea, on Tuesday.

Wednesday was expected to see more rain, but not as much as the torrential downpours on Monday and Tuesday that swamped several streets and buildings, stranded automobiles, and trapped people in flooded apartments.

According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, as of early Wednesday, at least five people had died in Seoul, as well as three in the nearby province of Gyeonggi and one in the province of Gangwon.

Seven people are still missing, and there have been at least 17 injuries.

On Tuesday, flooding in some buildings near the posh Gangnam neighbourhood persisted despite the closure of nearby roads and metro stations.

According to data, at than 1,100 households had to be relocated, and at least 2,800 public and private facilities had been damaged throughout South Korea. By Wednesday, the majority of the roads and subway lines had been cleared.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), 525mm of rain had fallen in Seoul as of 7 a.m. on Wednesday, with more rain expected. The total amount of rainfall in neighbouring Yangpyeong County was 532.5 mm.

The KMA anticipates continued rain across the majority of the nation, with Chungcheong Province experiencing particularly heavy rain. Rainfall was expected to progressively decrease in several areas of the greater Seoul area and Gangwon Province, according to the agency.

A meeting to discuss flooding damage and preventative actions will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. under the chairmanship of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. Separately, an urgent conference between the government and the ruling People Power Party is anticipated to be held to talk about financial support for damage recovery.




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