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At least 9 killed, 6 missing in South Korea’s heaviest rain in 80 years

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International Group/Comprehensive Report


South KoreaCentral Sector took off and landed on 8thStormBy the evening of 9, at least 9 people were killed, 6 were missing, and more than 400 people were forced to take refuge in residential centers and other places.

One of the residents of Dongjak district, Seoul, died on the evening of the 8th due to a flood in his house. Later, in Dongjak district, an officer arranging road trees was found lying on the side of the road, possibly due to an electric shock.

On the 8th in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, at around 9:00 am, it was reported that three people were trapped in a semi-underground house due to the flood, including a 13-year-old child who had tragically died.

The BBC reported that this semi-underground residence is similar to the location where the protagonist’s family lives in the South Korean film “Parasitic High” and is home to several poor families in Seoul. Because local streets were flooded to the waist of a man, rescuers were unable to enter in time for rescue. After the water receded on the 9th, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yu went to personally inspect the site.

Yonhap news agency reported that on the 8th, heavy rain started in the central region of South Korea. Hourly rainfall in some areas became the highest in 80 years, and accumulated rainfall exceeded 300 mm in many areas. According to the observation of the Meteorological Agency, Xindafang-dong, Dongjak District, Seoul received up to 422 mm of rain on the 8th. This is roughly the average rainfall in Seoul for the whole of July, with over 141 mm of rain in an hour at its peak.

Sudden heavy rains flooded roads south of the Han River in the Seoul area, and manysubway stationTraffic was halted due to severe waterlogging, and traffic on flat roads was also severely suspended due to flooding. Parts of the road were banned from the 8th, and the Ministry of Administration and Security also raised a storm warning from “alert” to “severe” on the morning of the 9th grade.

In the Seoul metropolitan area, there are 80 roads, 3 underground alleys, 26 riverbank parking lots, 45 riverbanks and hundreds of trails in 4 national parks, and 19 ferry routes suspended.

According to the weather forecast, heavy rains will continue in the metropolitan area for at least the 10th day.



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