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Heaviest rain in 80 years kills 8 in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea — The heaviest rains in decades hit South Korea's metropolitan area, turning Seoul's streets into traffic-choked rivers and flooding subway stations. rice field. At least eight people died, some drowned in their homes, and seven went missing, with more rain expected.

Abandoned cars and buses littered the streets as the water receded on Tuesday as workers cleared uprooted trees, mud and debris with excavators and blocked broken roads and pavements. was Nearly 50 cities and towns have issued landslide warnings, and 160 hiking trails have been closed in Seoul and mountainous Gangwon Province.

President Yoon Seok-yeol told the government's emergency response headquarters, "Heavy rains are expected to continue for many days...we need to remain vigilant and respond with all our might." It directed officials to focus on flood-prone areas and reduce the risk of already damaged roads and facilities to prevent more deaths.

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Most of Seoul's subway services are running normally, but Dozens of roads have been closed due to safety concerns, and Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Hong-sik said the military will deploy troops to assist with recovery efforts if requested by cities or local governments.

The rain began Monday morning and intensified through the evening.

By nightfall, it was in Seoul's busiest business and leisure district. On one street in Gangnam, people were walking through thigh-high water, cars and buses were stuck in a muddy sea, and water cascaded down the stairs of the Issu subway station. Commuters were evacuated as it fell.In the nearby city of Seongnam, a rain-weakened hillside collapsed into a college football field.

People clear debris at a market after torrential rains in Seoul, South Korea on August 9, 2022.

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Rescue workers were unable to reach three people - two in their 40s. A 13-year-old sister and an elderly girl called for help before drowning in an underground house in the Gwanak district of southern Seoul Monday night. It is believed that he was electrocuted while clearing a fallen tree.Choi Seon-young, an official at the Dongjak District Office, said the power supply and equipment the man was using were damaged, causing the water supply to cut off electricity. I will soon find out if it was washed away

In nearby Gwangju and Hwaseong cities, three bodies were found in the wreckage of landslides and collapsed bus stops.

Four people went missing in Seocho District, south of Seoul. Yun's private residence is also there. According to his office, Yoon spent hours on the phone briefing and giving instructions after it rained all night. A view of the street near his high-rise apartment building.

Nearly 800 of his buildings were damaged in Seoul and neighboring cities, forcing at least 790 people to flee their homes, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Security.

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The Korea Meteorological Administration issued a heavy rain warning for the Seoul metropolitan area and surrounding areas on Tuesday, with some areas likely to receive 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of rain per hour. said. About 10 to 35 centimeters (4 to 14 inches) more rain is expected across the metropolitan area by Thursday. Over 43 centimeters (17 inches) of rain was recorded in Hourly precipitation in the area topped 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) at some point Monday night. This was the largest hourly rainfall measured in Seoul since 1942. A warning to the south and west of the country. The North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper called the rains potentially "disastrous" and called for measures to protect farmland and prevent flooding of the Taedong River, which flows through the capital Pyongyang. Please contact us at