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Heavy rain in South Korean capital kills 7 and turns roads to rivers

SEOUL, South Korea Heavy rains drenched South Koreas capital region, turning the streets of Seouls affluent Gangnam district right into a river, leaving submerged vehicles and overwhelming public transport systems. At the very least seven individuals were killed and six others were missing.

Commuters were slowly time for work Tuesday morning after emergency crews worked overnight to completely clean up a lot of the mess. But there have been concerns about further damage as torrential rain was forecast for the next day in a row.

Some of the Seoul urban centers subway services were back again to normal operations, around 80 roads and a large number of riverside parking lots remained closed because of safety concerns.

President Yoon Suk Yeol had needed public employers and private companies to regulate their commuting hours and urged aggressive action in restoring damaged facilities and evacuating people in peril areas to avoid further deaths. Moon Hong-sik, spokesperson for Seouls Defense Ministry, said the military was ready to deploy troops to greatly help with recovery efforts if requested by cities or regional governments.

The rain began Monday morning and intensified through the evening hours. Nearly 800 buildings in Seoul and nearby cities were damaged while a lot more than 400 individuals were forced to evacuate from their homes, the Ministry of the inside and Safety said.

Individuals were seen wading through thigh-high waters Monday night in streets close to the Gangnam subway station, among Seouls most bustling business and leisure districts, where passenger cars, taxis and buses were stuck in mud-brown waters. Commuters evacuated as water cascaded down the stairs of the Isu subway station such as a waterfall. In the nearby city of Seongnam, a rain-weakened hillside collapsed right into a university soccer field.

Rescue workers didn’t reach three individuals who needed help before drowning in a basement home in the Gwanak district of southern Seoul on Monday night. An other woman drowned at her home in the nearby district of Dongjak, in which a public worker died while unscrambling fallen trees, probably from electrocution. Choi Seon-yeong, the official from the Dongjak district ward office, said it had been not immediately clear if the water was electrified due to a damaged power source or equipment the person was using.

Two different people were found dead in the debris of a collapsed bus station and a landslide in the nearby city of Gwangju.

The heavy rainfall is likely to continue for days we have to maintain our sense of alert and respond with all-out effort, Yoon said throughout a stop by at the governments emergency headquarters in Seoul. He directed officials focus on areas susceptible to landslides or flooding also to reducing the dangers of roads and facilities already damaged.

The countrys weather agency maintained much rain warning for the Seoul metropolitan area and nearby regions on Tuesday and said the precipitation may reach 2 to 4 inches one hour in a few areas. It said around 4 to 14 inches of more rain was expected over the capital region through Thursday.

A lot more than 17 inches of rain were measured in Seouls hardest-hit Dongjak district from Monday to noon Tuesday. The per-hour precipitation for the reason that area exceeded 5.5 inches at one point Monday night, that was the best hourly downpour measured in Seoul since 1942.

Rainstorms also pounded North Korea, where authorities issued heavy rain warnings for the southern and western places. The Norths official Rodong Sinmun newspaper described the rain as potentially disastrous and needed measures to safeguard farmland and stop flooding on the Taedong river, which flows through the administrative centre, Pyongyang.

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