August 05, 2020 10:41
Four days of torrential downpours in central Korea have forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter while 15 died and another 11 are missing.
The Korea Meteorological Administration said Tuesday that typhoon Hagupit, which made landfall in China on Tuesday, will continue to affect the Korean Peninsula until Thursday.
The government said no more people went missing on Tuesday, but the bodies of three people reported missing on Monday were found.
Some 555 people fled their homes in North Chungcheong Province, 391 in Gyeonggi Province and 70 in Gangwon Province.
Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces were pounded by thunderstorms with 10 and 30 mm of rainfall per hour on Tuesday afternoon. Four days of heavy downpours since Saturday led to cumulative rainfall ranging from 400 mm to 550 mm in the provinces.
Even heavier rain is expected under the influence of Hagupit, with rainfall of between 50 mm and 300 mm in northern and central parts of the country on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the KMA has come under fire for failing to predict the duration and intensity of the seasonal monsoon. In its forecast in May for the summer weather, it predicted the country would experience record heats and have similar or less rain than in other years.
A KMA official said, "We expected this summer to be hotter because we had the hottest June in 116 years and temperatures were unusually high in Siberia. But it turned out that we are having a longer rainy season with frequent unusual downpours, which make it difficult to make accurate forecasts."
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