Disasters & Accidents

At least 2 killed, thousands evacuated as heavy rains lash South Korea

Seoul, Jul 15 (EFE).- The heavy monsoon rains that have lashed South Korea in recent days have killed at least two people so far, while three remain missing and thousands have been evacuated, apart from damaging key infrastructure, authorities said Saturday.

The two people were killed after the building they were inside collapsed due to a landslide in Nonsan, about 150 kilometers south of Seoul.

Of the three missing persons, two are feared dead as a result of another landslide in Bonghwa, around 170 kms southeast of the South Korean capital.

Meanwhile around 8,000 residents of the Goesan county and the city of Chungju in the country’s central part have been evacuated after a dam in the area began to overflow.

Another 700-odd people have also been moved to safer areas in different parts of the country, where nearly 100 roads have been cut off.

Power cuts have also been reported in a dozen localities, while railway services have been affected in central South Korea, an area where alerts remain in place for torrential rains. Train services, including high-speed ones, are currently suspended in this region. EFE


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