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Flooding in Seoul
심예준 강남포스트 학생기자 | 승인 2022.09.06 21:14

One of the devastating catastrophes humans can experience is a flood led by heavy rainfall. On the night of August 8th, in Korea, a record-breaking amount of rain drowned from Incheon to Seoul. According to Korea’s Meteorological Administration (KMA), for the first time in 102 years, the record of 354.7mm of rain in 1920 has been broken with 380mm in Seoul’s Dongjak district. 

With the excessive amount of rain, flooding in the city was unavoidable. Since torrential rain lashed Seoul, it flooded homes, mostly semi-basement, roads, filled with rain up to the height of an adult’s waist, and subway stations, causing several stations to be closed suspending the subway lines. More than 500 people have been evacuated while receiving blankets, tents, and other aid items from the ministry. Also, the government initiated cleanup and rescue services, which have repaired most of the damaged 2,800 structures. 

 

source: http://www.ohmynews.com/NWS_Web/View/at_pg.aspx?

 

Heavy rain resulted in sad casualties: at least eight individuals died in various ways, and fourteen more were wounded overnight. Three victims were living in a semi-basement and were unable to leave the flooded house. Another victim was killed in a landslide, while others were electrocuted and discovered under the debris of a bus stop. Hundreds of people were left homeless, and six persons went missing.

The action taken by government officials is the essential key to resolving national tragedy. South Korean president, Yoon Suk-Yeol, ordered government officials to evacuate homeless citizens and demanded companies provide their staff with flexible working hours. But the residual damages still exist, and it will be a significant task for government officials and president Yoon to repair those destructions.

 

 

 

 

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