Scant Rain Not Enough to End Drought

      March 17, 2015 12:12


      The dry spell continues in the central and southeastern regions and along the east coast. In eastern Gangwon Province, rainfall for the last 105 days stood at a mere 37.5 mm, down 22 percent from the 30-year average.

      That is the driest winter since 1973, and it will likely continue for the next month, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

      The drought now affects most parts of the country except for South Chungcheong and North Jeolla Provinces.

      The weather agency forecast rain in Jeju and along the southwestern coast from Tuesday night, spreading to the entire country on Wednesday.

      Central parts will see 5-30 mm of rainfall, and southern parts 20-60 mm. But the rain will stop on Thursday and is unlikely to relieve the drought.

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