Disasters & Accidents

Death toll due to South Korea rains rises to 21

Seoul, Aug 8 (efe-epa).- The death toll from weeklong heavy rains in South Korea rose 21 on Saturday, authorities said.

At least 11 people are missing with the torrential downpour leaving more than 3,000 homeless, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure.

The CDSC three people were killed and two went missing on Friday night in a landslide that hit a village in Gokseong, about 400 km south of Seoul.

On Saturday, one missing woman was pulled out from the debris but died at a hospital, taking the overall toll due to the rains to 21, Yonhap news agency reported.

The death toll doesn’t include the casualties from three capsized vessels at Uiam Dam in Chuncheon, 85 km east of Seoul. At least one person was killed and five went missing on Thursday in the marine accident.

The Seomjin River running through the southwestern region of the country was overflowing at some places on Saturday due to torrential rains, forcing some local residents to evacuate.

Large tracts of farmland and several residential houses are inundate forcing the evacuation of residents in the affected areas.

Some 3,059 people have been evacuated from their homes, an increase of over 500 from the previous day, according to Yonhap.

A total of 8,246 cases of property damage was reported, up 2,084 cases, including 287 homes and 1,489 roads and bridges.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in designated seven areas as special disaster zones on Friday, making them eligible for state support in recovery efforts. EFE

Torrential rains have wreaked havoc across the country in the past week in the face of the prolonged monsoon season, causing flooding and landslides.

The heavy downpour that began last Sunday forced the temporary closure of roads and railway lines.

Three train lines in the center and east of the country were blocked earlier this week due to sections flooded or buried by landslides, as well as some roads connecting the most affected municipalities, almost all of them in North Chungcheong province. EFE-EPA

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