Seoul Floods Leave 22 Dead, 14 Missing, and Thousands Evacuated

Torrential Rains Cause Multiple Deaths and Evacuations in South Korea

Seoul – Heavy rains in South Korea have resulted in devastating consequences, including the loss of 22 lives, with 14 individuals still missing. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes as landslides and the overflow of a dam continue to pose a threat. The downpour has now entered its third day, and the situation is expected to worsen with more rainfall forecasted.

According to data from the Ministry of Interior and Safety, as of 6 p.m. local time, 4,763 people have been evacuated across the country. The dam in North Chungcheong province has been overwhelmed with water, leading to widespread flooding and dangerous conditions. Local governments have issued evacuation orders for more than 7,000 people at various times, with provincial authorities coordinating relief efforts.

The Korea Meteorological Administration has warned that the death toll is likely to rise as heavy rainfall is predicted to continue on the Korean peninsula throughout Sunday. As a precautionary measure, Korea Railroad Corp has suspended all slow trains and some bullet trains. Other bullet train schedules may also be affected due to landslides, track flooding, and falling debris, which pose risks to passenger safety.

One incident resulting from the adverse weather conditions involved a slow train that derailed on Friday night in North Chungcheong province. A landslide covered the tracks with earth and sand, causing the derailment. Fortunately, no passengers were on board, but the engineer sustained injuries.

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo has called for the military’s active involvement in rescue operations. In a meeting with government agencies, he emphasized the need to mobilize equipment and manpower to support ongoing relief efforts.

The devastating impact of the heavy rains underscores the urgent need for immediate and coordinated action to mitigate further damage and protect lives. Authorities are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected population. The South Korean government, alongside the military and various agencies, is committed to providing aid and assistance to those affected by the relentless downpour.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is crucial to stay informed and heed any evacuation orders or safety advisories issued by local authorities. The ongoing torrential rains in South Korea serve as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of nature and the importance of preparedness in the face of such disasters.

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