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South Korea: At least nine people die in storms


Fields, houses, streets and subway stations were under water: the region around South Korea's capital has been hit by heavy rainfall. People are still missing.

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Damaged vehicle in Seoul: Heavy rains have left their mark

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In South Korea, at least nine people have died in storms with massive rainfall and flooding.

The metropolis of Seoul and the surrounding region in the northern part of the country were hardest hit.

The heaviest rainfall in decades was recorded here.

By Tuesday evening (local time), six people were still missing, South Korean broadcasters reported.

The weather bureau announced further heavy rain.

Road and subway station closures

Heavy rain has hit the capital region and the north-east of the country since Monday.

In the affected cities and districts, fields, houses, streets and subway stations were under water.

Numerous lanes and stations had to be temporarily closed.

Television images showed cars and buses abandoned by their drivers, which were still blocking numerous streets in the southern districts of Seoul on Tuesday morning after the water masses had drained there.

In the capital's Dongjak district, a city official was reportedly killed trying to clear a fallen tree.

He was believed to have died as a result of an electric shock.

A body was also recovered from a flooded apartment.

In Gwanak district, three people from one family drowned in their basement apartment.

Heavy rain warnings also for North Korea

A body was recovered from under the rubble of a collapsed bus stop in Gyeonggi province.

Other people were killed by landslides.

President Yoon Suk-yeol instructed authorities to evacuate people from areas most at risk.

North Korea also issued a heavy rain warning on Tuesday.

According to North Korean radio reports, it affects the southern parts of the country.

So far there have been no reports of damage in the largely isolated country.


Source: spiegel

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