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Flooding in Seoul: Record rains killed at least 9 people in the capital of South Korea, flooded buildings, flooded cars

Flooding in Seoul: Record rains killed at least 9 people in the capital of South Korea, flooded buildings, flooded cars
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Seoul, South Korea
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Torrential rains flooded houses, roads and metro stations At least nine people have died in South Korea’s capital Seoul this week, and forecasters have warned of more rain.

Forecasters warned that downpours eased on Wednesday, although already inundated areas could see an additional 300 millimeters (11.8 inches) of rain by Thursday, which could lead to more flooding and flooding.

According to South Korea’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Security, three of the dead were trapped in a flooded semi-basement. The ministry said that 17 more people were injured and at least 7 people were missing.

On Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that two Chinese citizens had been killed. One of them died in a landslide at a dormitory in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, while another was electrocuted during outdoor construction work during the storm.

Cars are flooded on a road during heavy rain and flooding in Seoul, South Korea on August 8, 2022.

More than 500 people were evacuated after heavy rain fell in Seoul on Monday night, and the ministry provided tents, blankets and other relief items. Meanwhile, authorities are launching cleanup and rescue services, with the fire department rescuing 145 people on Wednesday.

About 2,800 structures, including houses, shops, retaining walls and other pieces of infrastructure, were damaged, although most had been repaired by Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Security.

Abandoned cars fill the road in a flooded area during heavy rain in Seoul, South Korea, on August 8.

Some parts of Seoul received up to 497 millimeters (19.6 inches) of rain as of Tuesday night. At one point, the city recorded 141.5 millimeters (5.6 in) of rain per hour, the highest since officials began keeping records in 1907.

Photos from across the city showed people wading through roads up to their thighs in Monday’s floods.

A car is damaged on the pavement after heavy rain in Seoul, South Korea on August 9.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, drains have been restored in some parts of Seoul and water has flooded streets and subway stations again. A number of stations were closed due to flooding, with lines temporarily suspended on Monday night.

Images from the aftermath show debris and debris strewn across the streets, shopkeepers trying to save their goods, parts of the pavement destroyed and damaged cars washed away by floodwaters.

Debris is piled up in front of flood-damaged shops at Namsung Sagye Market in Seoul, South Korea, on August 10.

Several areas south of the Han River were hardest hit, including the affluent, modern Gangnam district, where some buildings and shops were flooded and power was lost.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol sent its condolences to the victims on Tuesday and said it would conduct an on-site inspection and work to prevent further damage.

He also noted the importance of revising the country’s disaster management system as extreme weather conditions are expected to become increasingly common due to the climate crisis.

Pedestrians cross a flooded road in Gimpo, Seoul on August 9.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, many countries in East Asia are now experiencing more intense daily rainfall, with summer monsoons expected to intensify and increase unpredictably as the Earth warms.

More heavy rain will continue through Thursday morning, ending Thursday afternoon, CNN meteorologists said.

Seoul receives an average of 348 millimeters (13.7 inches) of rain in August, which is usually the wettest month of the year. Few places have recorded so much rainfall in just one day.

parts Japan It also rained on Monday night, causing flooding in parts of Hokkaido, but no injuries were reported on Tuesday. The authorities have warned about the danger of flooding and landslides.

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