(ANSA) – BEIJING, AUGUST 09 – The heavy rains, the worst in the last 80 years, hit Seoul and the surrounding regions, causing seven deaths and six missing, as well as causing heavy damage and inefficiencies amid flooding and blocking of subway and services public.
The South Korean capital, the nearby port city of Incheon and the province of Gyeonggi dropped over 100 millimeters in measurements updated last night, with peaks of up to 141.5 millimeters, a peak not recorded since 1942. Many have gone out of service. public facilities – such as railways – in Seoul, Incheon and other areas. About 80 road sections, three underground sections and 26 riverside car parks in the capital were blocked for security reasons.
The Interior Ministry updated its flood damage surveillance level from ‘alert’ to ‘severe’ at 1am Tuesday.
The meteorological agency warned of further deterioration, forecasting more rainfall of up to 300mm over the capital area and Gangwon province until tomorrow. The northern parts of Chungcheong provinces and the northwestern inland regions of Northern Gyeongsang province could also be affected by heavy rainfall of up to 200 mm.
The Korea Forest Service, Yonhap reported, has issued landslide warnings in 47 cities and counties across the nation, including nine districts in Seoul, parts of Incheon, Gyeonggi, Gangwon, and northern and southern Chungcheong provinces.