Death toll rises to 11 due to heavy rainfall in South Korea

Seoul, Aug 11 (EFE).- The heaviest rainfall in 80 years has left 11 people dead and eight missing in Seoul and neighboring regions, according to local authorities on Thursday.

Several parts of southern Seoul, the port city of Incheon and Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the capital, received more than 100 millimeters of water per hour overnight Monday, reaching 141 mm in the district of Dongjak, south of Seoul, in the heaviest downpour since 1942.

Six deaths occurred in Seoul, three in Gyeonggi and two in Gangwon province, and at least three of the eight missing were from the capital, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

A total of 3,775 homes and buildings were flooded, most of them in Seoul, while more than 980 people, also from the capital, were displaced and have been housed in local schools and gyms in recent days.

Another 4,297 people across South Korea were temporarily evacuated.

Public transport was also stopped Monday night when several stations and roads were flooded, although the services returned to normal during the morning of Tuesday with interruptions on several lines.

The South Korean Meteorological Administration has lifted the downpour warning in Seoul and Incheon, but has maintained a heavy rain warning for the central region, where rainfall could reach 30-40 mm per hour. EFE


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