In the night between Monday and Tuesday at least 8 people died and 14 others were injured as a result high rain Which caused great inconvenience in the Seoul metropolitan area, the capital of South Korea, and at the moment, six more people are missing. According to the analysis of the South Korean Meteorological Agency, citing Yonhap News Agency, on Monday evening in the southern part of Seoul, in the nearby port city of Incheon and in some areas of Gyeonggi Province (which surrounds the capital) more than 100 mm of rain per hour fell. In Dongjak District, in the southern part of Seoul, 141.5 mm of precipitation was recorded per hour: this is the heaviest rainfall in the past 80 years.
Local authorities said that due to the heavy rains, there were blackouts and frequent power outages. Photos and videos posted in these hours on social networks show many streets that were flooded due to heavy rain, and people tried to cross some of them on foot, often with water reaching their knees.
Many buildings and shops in Gangnam, Seoul’s richest district, south of the Han River, were also submerged. Many parked cars, as well as buses and other means of transportation, were washed away by torrential rains. Several subway stations were also flooded.
On Tuesday, the national body that deals with disaster and emergency management said dead bodies had been found both in Seoul and in nearby Gyeonggi Province: at least four died trapped in flooded buildings, while one died among others who were electrocuted, One was found in the wreckage of a bus stop and another died in a landslide.
Currently, there are at least 163 displaced people who have been moved to housing set up inside schools and public buildings, Yonhap reports.
Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing heavy rains.
The Dorimcheon Stream in Seoul’s Gwanak District has been flooded everywhere, and an evacuation notice has been issued for people living nearby.
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On Tuesday morning, a large part of Seoul’s subway network resumed normal operation, but about eighty streets continued to be closed as a precaution, as well as many parking lots near the Han River. Given that very heavy rains are expected both in the Seoul metropolitan area and in other central and northern counties at least through Wednesday, the agency dealing with emergencies with that announced the maximum weather alert level.
In Seoul, rains are frequent, even heavy, in the summer. Responsible for the local meteorological service speak with guardian On condition of anonymity, he said that recently, the frequency of extreme weather events such as torrential rains has increased due to climate change, which this year has led to a longer-than-usual summer season.
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