South Korea has been experiencing unprecedented rains in 115 years

The Korean Peninsula is experiencing heavy rains that may last for several more days. In North Korea, the Taedong River, which crosses Pyongyang, overflowed, causing floods described as “disastrous” Daily Rodong Sinmun, The authorities are striving to avoid damage to agricultural land. 200 kilometers to the south, on the other side of the Demilitarized Zone (the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas), Seoul experienced 525 mm of rain between Monday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 10, unheard of in a hundred and fifteen years. They caused such damage that the boss, Yoon Seok Yeol, apologized “For experienced drama.” Caution prevails, new rain is feared until Friday.

The death toll in the South Korean capital and its surrounding areas reached at least nine dead and seven missing. The city presents a spectacle of desolation, with main streets clogged with abandoned cars and many neighborhoods flooded.

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On the night of August 8-9, these streets turned into veritable waterways, especially in the south of the city, around the trendy district of Gangnam. Many metro stations were flooded and traffic was halted on many train and metro lines. Eighty roads as well as underground roads were closed. Access to 156 very popular hiking trails in the five national parks, including Mount Bukhan, north of Seoul, is still restricted. Eight ferry lines were cut off.

Heavy rain flooded the Gangnam district of Seoul on August 8, 2022.

Of the eight dead, two women and a young girl drowned in a half-buried apartment in the west of the capital. The property could have been submerged in a matter of seconds. In addition, 570 people had to take refuge in schools and other public institutions.

During an emergency meeting, President Yoon demanded that everything be done to minimize the damage caused by the rain. “They have been going on for several days, we must remain motivated and vigilant.”said the leader who canceled a trip to the center of the country and went to the site where the two women and the little girl were killed.

The Ministry of Interior raised the flood alert to its highest level. The Korea Forest Service has issued landslide alerts for 47 cities and counties, in Seoul as well as in the central and eastern parts of the country.

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Dongjak weather station, located in the south of the capital, recorded 381.5 mm of rain on August 8, breaking the daily record of 354.7 mm set in August 1920 and the highest since its establishment, in Korea, in 1907, from the first. Modern system for recording meteorological data.

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