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Monday, 26 September 2022 05:58 GMT

South Korea's flood-damaged capital area struggles from recent rains


(MENAFN) As the sky cleared following two days of record-breaking rains that unleashed flash floods, destroyed thousands of houses and roads, and killed at least nine people, cleanup and recovery activities accelerated in South Korea's larger capital region on Wednesday.

South Korea's meteorological agency lifted heavy rain warnings for Seoul and the surrounding urban areas, but continued to predict 10 to 30 centimeters (4 to 12 inches) of rain through Thursday in the nation’s southern provinces.

Following the torrential downpours that engulfed the area on Monday and Tuesday, turning streets into car-clogged rivers, flooding subway stations, setting off landslides that crashed into buildings and roads, and displacing more than 1,800 people, seven people are still missing in Seoul and the nearby Gyeonggi Province. Four of the nine fatalities occurred in Seoul houses where they drowned.

During a meeting on disaster relief on Wednesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol apologized on behalf of the government for the fatalities and inconvenience brought on by the heavy rains. In order to hasten recovery efforts, he encouraged the federal government to give cities and regional governments greater funding and staff support.

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