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Nearly 35 dead, 10 missing as heavy rains wreaks South Korea

South Korea: As heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in South Korea, the death toll has risen to over 35 people, while approximately 10 individuals are still reported missing and thousands of residents were compelled to evacuate their homes for safety, according to agency. “Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes due to […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jul 16, 2023 12:56 IST
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South Korea: As heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in South Korea, the death toll has risen to over 35 people, while approximately 10 individuals are still reported missing and thousands of residents were compelled to evacuate their homes for safety, according to agency.

“Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes due to massive rain damage,” ANI quoted Yonhap news agency as saying.

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“The relentless rainfall has caused severe flooding in various regions of the country, resulting in significant property damage and infrastructure disruption. The authorities are actively engaged in search and rescue operations to locate the missing individuals and provide aid to affected communities,” as per reports.

South Korea has been pounded by heavy rains since last week, resulting in severe consequences across the country. As of 11 a.m. local time, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters reported that at least 10 individuals are missing. Tragically, seven bodies were discovered inside a bus trapped in a flooded underground tunnel in the central town of Osong, adding to the death toll.

The flooding in Osong occurred when a nearby river overflowed after a barrier was toppled due to the rising water levels caused by heavy rainfall. The underground roadway, spanning 685 meters, was submerged as a result. Rescue operations are underway, and it is anticipated that the number of casualties will increase.

Numerous cities and counties in South Korea have experienced power outages, with reports of electricity shortages in 13 locations. While power has been restored in many areas, over 8,300 households in Mungyeong, Yeongju, and Yecheon in North Gyeongsang Province still remain without electricity. Additionally, the floods have caused significant damage to crops and roads, exacerbating the overall impact of the disaster.

The situation remains critical as South Korea continues to grapple with the aftermath of these devastating floods. Efforts are underway to provide relief and support to those affected by the calamity.

First published on: Jul 16, 2023 12:56 PM IST

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