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Like a scene from 'Parasite': Floods exposed social inequalities in South Korea

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Hyonhee Shin and Hyeyeon Kim

Seoul — Using plastic bowls, Ha In-sik has his basement I pumped water from my apartment. Torrential rains caused flooding in southwestern Seoul on Wednesday, forcing families to sleep in a nearby park.

A 50-year-old man, along with his wife and daughter, collected appliances, furniture, books and even cutlery and took them outside to see what could be salvaged. . This scene was inspired by the 2020 Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite,」で描かれた、下水で浸水した半地下のフラットと不快な類似点を持っていました。この作品は、アジア第 which told the story of growing social inequality in the fourth-largest economy.

miles away. Floods have caused inconvenience and financial loss in wealthy areas of the capital, such as the glamorous Gangnam district, which was once a thriving district.

But in places like Silim, desperate people like Ha The flood blew away what little hope I had clung to just to keep going.

"I have no money. I have nothing. But I have no choice but to live with my daughter." I came here to live in this basement because I didn't have one," Ha told Reuters. I don't even have a spoon to eat my food with.”

Ha is not the only one in dire straits. Other Shinbayashi residents scooped up water in large bowls and combed through the debris, looking for anything still usable.

Three members of a neighboring family, including a woman with autism, drowned in the basement of their apartment on Monday. The next day, President Yoon Seok-yeol visited Shinrim.

On Wednesday, Yun apologized for the tragedy and will protect the elderly, poor or disabled and families like Ha, whose homes were most vulnerable to flooding. It called for measures to improve housing safety.

Torrential rains that hit the north of the country since Monday have resulted in at least 10 deaths, power loss, landslides and flooding of roads and subways.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, this week's deluge brought Seoul its heaviest rainfall in 115 years.

As of Wednesday, six people were still missing, 570 people were at least temporarily homeless, and 1,400 people were displaced, mostly in Seoul, according to the Central Disaster Safety Agency. Headquarters said.

Rain clouds shifted south on Wednesday, prompting recovery efforts in earnest, at least in favored neighborhoods.

Much of Silim remained submerged, with residents likening the situation to a "mud bath," while most roads were removed in Gangnam and traffic returned to normal.

Ha said it would take about 10 days to restore the apartment to its original location. He said the only help provided by the government was temporary shelter in a gymnasium, which he refused.

An official from the Gwanak District Office, which has jurisdiction over Sinrin, said that unlike Gangnam, which has wide main streets and office buildings, the narrow streets are crowded with small apartments and houses, which could slow recovery efforts. said to have sex.

Officials said the number of soldiers involved in the recovery would increase from 210 he said on Thursday to 500 him.

"We are doing everything in our power to help our residents and are bringing everyone in from our offices, our military and our volunteers," an official said.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin, Heyyon Kim, Daewoung Kim; Additional reporting by Minwoo Park; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)