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Record rainfall leaves 11 dead in South Korea (VIDEO) — Analysis

Flooding in Seoul has left many people homeless and displaced.

Two days of torrential downpours and counting continue to flood Seoul, causing the worst flooding in history. At least eleven people have been killed and six are missing.

South Korean capital received a total of 496.5 millimeters (20inches) of rain Monday and Tuesday. Another 100-300 millimeters was forecast for the area on Thursday according to the Korean Meteorological Administration. At times, the downpours reached a point where Dongjak in Seoul received 140 millimeters (or more) of rainfall within an hour.

Yonhap News reports that flood waters and mudslides caused more than 2500 residential and commercial building damage or destruction and left 840 people in need of emergency shelter. Yonhap News cited disaster management officials. Thousands of vehicles were submerged – a long-term problem for motorists in a country where cars are in such short supply that waiting lists as long as 12 to 24 months are common – and many roads and bridges were blocked by debris or washed away.

The KMA advised that landslide-prone regions be evacuated as more rain is expected in the coming days. President Yoon Suk,yeol instructed emergency officials to impose restriction on mountainous areas. “respond all-out with a sense of alertness”To the crisis




One of the victims was a family of three from western Seoul. Their semi-flooded apartment in Gwanak’s Gwanak district was where they were found. Yoon visited this scene Tuesday night and called on his administration for safety measures in the housing sector.

These are the so-called “mool poktan,”Or “water bomb,” struck South Korea weeks after the country’s monsoon season ended. Seoul received the most rainfall recorded in its 80-year history.

Office worker Lim Na-kyung told Reuters that she was trapped in a building in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district as the waters rose on Monday evening. “I had to keep going higher and higher because the building was submerging at a fast pace . . .,”Sie said. “I couldn’t believe that I was trapped in a building with 40 other people in the middle of Gangnam district.”The fourth-floor Pilates studio was her choice.

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