Dozens Dead, Thousands Homeless in Torrential Rains

  • By Kim Hyo-in

    August 10, 2020 09:44

    Torrential downpours have left at least 38 people dead and 12 others missing while thousands have become homeless.

    This year's monsoon rains have drenched without respite for over a month, triggering around 1,000 landslides across the country that caused nearly half of the fatalities. Some 9,491 homes were reported damaged.

    A village in Namwon, North Jeolla Province is submerged on Saturday. /Newsis

    The heavy rains reached southern Korea over the weekend, bringing 500 mm of rainfall over a two-day period. Many small towns and villages became submerged as rivers spilled over their levee.

    Since Aug. 6, when the first flood alert was issued on the Han River in nine years, 11 riverside parks were submerged, while potholes opened and trees fell throughout the capital.

    Trees are toppled by flood waters in the Han River Park in Banpo, Seoul on Sunday. /Yonhap

    More heavy rain is expected as typhoon Jangmi makes landfall in Korea. But Jangmi is a small typhoon that is traveling north at a speed of 65 km/h, so it is unlikely to wreak heavy damage, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. It is expected to reach South Gyeongsang Province on Monday afternoon and head northeast before dissipating in the East Sea by 6 p.m.

    Jangmi is the first typhoon of the year to make landfall here.

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