Seoul Flooded by Record Rains
Seven people died and six are missing after record rainfall flooded Seoul and surroundings on Monday, inundating roads as cars plowed through inches of water. Southern Seoul saw 100 to 300 mm of rainfall, paralyzing traffic and submerging particularly in Gangnam, Seocho and Guro districts. Seoul's Dongjak district was drenched in 380 mm of rain or more than 90 mm an hour.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Alcohol-Related Deaths Soared to Record in Pandemic
Deaths from alcohol-related problems like liver disease surpassed 5,000 in 2020, the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, to reach a record high. Liver disease accounted for 76 percent of the fatalities.
NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un's Security Beefed up After Abe Assassination
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems to have beefed up his personal security since the assassination last month of former Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. Kim is now always flanked by bodyguards, which is a new development.
BUSINESS
Higher Quota of Foreign Workers to Ease Labor Shortage
The government has decided to increase foreign worker quotas to alleviate labor shortage in industries. The quota will be increased from the current 10,480 to 16,480. The number of agricultural and livestock workers will also increase to 2,224.