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At least 8 dead as record rainfall floods buildings, floods cars in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)At least 8 people in Seoul Monday as record rains flooded homes, roads and subways. Hundreds were forced to evacuate as power was cut off, officials said.

South Korea's Ministry of Interior and Security said three of his dead were trapped in a flooded semi-basement. Nine others were injured and at least seven are missing, the ministry said.

Since midnight local time on Monday, parts of Seoul received a total of 422 mm (16 inches) of rain, prompting authorities to issue a Level 3 emergency alert. The city he recorded 141.5 millimeters (5.57 inches) of precipitation per hour. This is the highest percentage since authorities began keeping records.

Pictures across the city show severe flooding, with people crossing roads up to their thighs.

Although the floodwaters had largely subsided by Tuesday morning, cars and buses littered roads and sidewalks, impeding traffic in the morning.

According to Seoul Subway, in some areas of Seoul, drain pipes are backflowing, causing water to flow back into streets and subway stations. Flooding closed many metro stations and temporarily halted the line on Monday night. As of Tuesday morning, authorities are still working on reopening the station.

Several areas south of the Han River were the hardest hit, including the wealthy and modern Gangnam district, where some buildings and shops were flooded and power was cut.

About 800 residents took refuge in schools and gymnasiums, or voluntarily took refuge in local community centers, as more than 700 homes and shops were affected by the floods, according to authorities. .

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol offered his condolences to the victims on Tuesday and said an on-site investigation would be conducted and efforts would be made to prevent further damage.

He also noted the need to review national disaster management systems as extreme weather is expected to become more common due to the climate crisis.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in many countries in East Asia, summer monsoons are expected to become stronger and more difficult to predict as the earth warms. The daily rainfall is getting more intense.

The country's Meteorological Agency said heavy rains will continue on Tuesday, with up to 100 millimeters (3.9 inches) of rain per hour expected in some areas.

Parts of Japan were also hit by heavy rain Monday night, with flooding reported in parts of Hokkaido, but no injuries as of Tuesday. . Officials have warned of the danger of flash floods and landslides.