Downpour hit southern region, expected to hit Seoul, Gyeonggi again

08-Aug-2020 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 6:50 AM Print This Post

The unusual heavy rainfall being experienced nationwide led to flooded roads and streets in southern regions Friday, but will return to hit central parts of the country from early Saturday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

Torrential rain was concentrated on the southeastern city of Daegu, as well as Gyeogsang and North Jeolla provinces from early Friday ? Jinan, in the latter, saw 215 mm of rain.

More than 100 to 300 millimeters of rain is expected through Saturday in southern Gyeonggi Province, Gangwon Province, Yeongseo, Chungcheong, and North Jeolla and North Gyeongsang provinces, the KMA said. Seoul and northern Gyeonggi, Gangwon, South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces are expected to have 50 to 100 millimeters.

The central region has already been hit hard by the downpour which covered the upper part of the peninsula last week. The government designated seven particularly hard-hit areas as special crisis zones which will receive assistance from the central administration in dealing with damages.

The intense rainfall for the past week has displaced 2,500 people across the country, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters (CDSCH) said Friday.

Flooding and landslides caused by the torrential rain has wreaked havoc on 6,162 buildings and left 10 people dead and 17 missing. The CDSCH said, however, that 60 percent of the damage has been repaired so far.

“Grounds have been weakened by the heavy rain, which is expected again across the country by the day after tomorrow. Since valleys and streams may suddenly swell in a short period of time, campers in mountain areas and valleys should pay attention to safety,” a KMA official said.

Meanwhile, a search mission continued Friday for five missing people who had been onboard three boats that capsized near Uiam Dam in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province.

They found one of the three boats near Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

Local authorities mobilised almost 1,000 fire fighters and policemen and seven helicopters in the search mission, but reportedly they were not making much progress due to the high speed and volume of water flowing along the Bukhan River.

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