August 06, 2020 08:46
Korea has had a record-breaking monsoon this year, leading to deadly floods and landslides as the skies opened for five days in a row.
The Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday forecast more heavy rains in central parts until Friday.
As of Wednesday 1,610 people, mostly in the Chungcheong provinces, had lost their homes while 15 died and another 11 were missing.
The Han River is about 7 m higher than usual because the Paldang Dam has been releasing enormous amounts of backed-up water.
The water level has not fallen below the 6.2 m that would allow Jamsu Bridge to reopen. The bridge has been closed for four days and is expected to remain closed because another dam, the Soyang River Dam at the top of the Bukhan River, has also started releasing water.
It is the first time in three years that the dam has opened up.
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