Seoul Flooding Kills at Least 7

SEOUL — At least seven individuals have been killed as among the heaviest rainfall in a long time struck the Seoul space in a single day, flooding properties, streets and subway stations, South Korean officers mentioned on Tuesday.

Three of the lifeless, two sisters of their 40s and a 13-year-old lady, have been discovered early Tuesday as emergency staff pumped out the water that had flooded their semi-basement residence in southern Seoul. Another was a municipal worker, apparently electrocuted whereas eradicating a tree that had fallen onto a sidewalk, the police mentioned.

In addition to the seven confirmed deaths, officers mentioned six individuals have been lacking after floodwaters pulled them into manholes, underground passages or streams.

Nearly 17 inches of rain poured down in southern Seoul between early Monday and early Tuesday, roughly the identical quantity that falls in a typical summer time month, climate officers mentioned. In one district, 5.4 inches fell in a single hour, breaking an 80-year-old Seoul file.

More heavy rain was anticipated Tuesday within the capital space and in provinces east and south of it, the Korea Meteorological Administration mentioned.

The flooding turned Seoul’s Monday night rush hour into chaos. Some subway stations have been closed, and drivers deserted vehicles within the upscale Gangnam district as roads grew to become impassable. Homes and different buildings skilled energy outages.

Photos on social media confirmed commuters wading by way of waist-deep water, drivers stranded on automobile roofs and rainwater cascading down the steps of subway stations. Some of the photographs from Tuesday morning, after the floods receded, resembled a catastrophe film, with vehicles strewn throughout metropolis streets.

Hiking paths on the mountains round Seoul have been closed on Tuesday, and the federal government issued alerts warning that landslides have been potential. Businesses have been urged to regulate their working hours so workers may keep away from visitors jams and potential hazards.

President Yoon Suk-yeol, whose approval rankings have plummeted since he took workplace in May, mentioned on Facebook that he had “ordered the related government agencies to evacuate people from dangerous areas to avoid human casualties.”

North Korea has additionally been hit by heavy rainfall in current weeks. Several our bodies present in South Korea close to the nations’ border final month have been believed to be these of flood victims, swept downstream from the North, the South Korean police mentioned.

In the previous, flooding has additionally introduced land mines from the North into the South. (*7*) warned South Koreans residing close to the border to train warning, saying that the North had launched floodwaters from close by dams.


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