NewsAt least seven dead in storms in South Korea

At least seven dead in storms in South Korea

Created: 08/09/2022, 10:25 am

Unwetter in Südkorea
Rescuers are searching for two people missing after torrential rain in South Korea. © -/YNA/dpa

There was severe flooding in the capital region around Seoul. The weather bureau has announced further precipitation.

Seoul – Storms with flooding have claimed at least seven lives in South Korea. According to reports from South Korean broadcasters, six people were missing as of Tuesday morning.

In the metropolis of Seoul and neighboring regions in the northern part of the country, houses, streets, fields and subway stations were under water. Numerous lanes and stations had to be temporarily closed. The capital region has been hit by heavy rainfall since Monday. The weather bureau announced further heavy rain.

The highest amount of rainfall in 80 years was measured in the southern Seoul district of Dongjak, as reported by the national news agency Yonhap, citing the weather bureau. At one point, more than 141 liters of rain per square meter per hour fell there.

In the area, a city employee was reportedly killed trying to clear a fallen tree. He was believed to have died as a result of an electric shock. Three people drowned in their basement apartment in Gwanak district. In the same district, a body was recovered from an apartment that was also flooded. A body was recovered from under the rubble of a collapsed bus stop in Gyeonggi province, and another person was killed in a landslide.

President Yoon Suk Yeol instructed authorities to evacuate people from areas most at risk from the floods.

North Korea also issued a heavy rain warning on Tuesday. According to North Korean radio reports, the warning affects the southern parts of the country. There were no reports of damage in the largely isolated country. dpa

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