In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, floods brought on by excessive rain has resulted in at least eight fatalities and 14 injuries.
Monday night’s torrential rains in Seoul flooded metro stations, flooded roadways, and caused blackouts throughout the city and neighboring provinces. The heaviest rainfall in some locations in 80 years, according to Korea’s meteorological agency.
The rain was expected to last for several days, according to weather officials. Images showed people crossing streets in knee-high water, parked cars submerged up to their windows, and floodwater flowing down metro stairwells.
Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing torrential downpours.— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) August 8, 2022
Dorimcheon stream in Seoul’s Gwanak District has flooded all over, evacuation notice just issued for people living nearby.
Crazy scenes in many other places.pic.twitter.com/EafcXpvvBB
According to local sources, the three victims—two sisters in their 40s and a 13-year-old girl—were housed in a banjiha, or semi-basement apartment. These flats, which are underground, were well-known after they appeared in the Academy Award–winning South Korean film Parasite, which depicted the tale of a struggling family trying to survive in one of these apartments.
Rescue workers claimed they were unable to enter the apartment because floodwaters on the street had reached waist-high levels. According to the Yonhap news agency, rain fell in parts of Seoul, the western port city of Incheon, and the neighboring Gyeonggi province on Monday night at a rate of nearly 10 cm per hour.
A person who was electrocuted, another who was discovered underneath a bus stop, and a third who perished in a landslide were among the other victims. At least 14 people were hurt, and six more were said to be missing
According to Yonhap, at least 163 people in Seoul are now homeless and are finding shelter in public places like schools. Public transit was also impacted by the rain, as Seoul and Incheon had to suspend rail operations due to flooded tracks.
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