Torrential Rains Take Heavy Toll

      June 30, 2011 11:11

      Two people were killed and one remains missing in Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan region after torrential downpours of up to 231 mm on Wednesday. The National Emergency Management Agency said 110 households and 5,821 hectares of farmland were submerged due to heavy rainfall.

      The Korea Meteorological Administration said more rain was expected in Seoul, southern Gyeonggi Province, central Gangwon and northern Chungcheong provinces until Thursday. Downpours will stop on Friday after a few more showers in South Chungcheong, South Gyeongsang provinces and Jeju Island but resume again on Sunday.

      Jamsu Bridge in Seoul is inundated after heavy rains on Wednesday. /Newsis

      One person was killed and three injured when a landslide buried three cars next to a construction site along a mountain in northern Seoul at around 1 p.m. Workers had been digging into the side of the mountain to make room for a new railroad track, and some 1,500 tons of mud slid down onto the track causing Subway Line No.1 to be halted for five hours. An emergency official said rain since last week soaked the soil and weakened the ground, and the landslide was triggered by the heavy rain that poured down mostly in the morning on Wednesday.  

      Meanwhile, North Korea started discharging water from a dam near the border, causing the water level on the Pilseung Bridge near the border, which serves as a gauge of North Korea's water discharge, to reach 4.49 m on Tuesday. But the water level fell to around 4 m on Wednesday. An official at the Han River Flood Control Office said the water level is not at a dangerous point yet.

      Meanwhile, Mt. Sorak and another national park closed to visitors.

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