More than 40 people have died as a result of floods and landslides in South Korea. Due to heavy rainfall in recent days, 13,000 residents have been displaced. The country has yet to recover from the tragedy and is already facing the risk of further downpours.
Flooding and landslides in South Korea, which has been plagued by heavy rain for days, have killed at least 44 people. Six residents are still being sought.
As reported, as many as thirteen regions of the country where the initial assessment of damage has been completed have been declared natural disaster areas.
Tens of thousands evacuated
The downpours and floods lasting for ten days have forced over 13,000 people to evacuate, left tens of thousands of households without power, and destroyed over 100 homes and 50 roads. The largest single tragedy occurred in the central city of Cheongju. On Saturday, water and mud from a broken levee immediately flooded the tunnel, which contained 16 vehicles. Rescuers recovered the bodies of 14 victims.
Around 6,000 people from 15 cities are still unable to return to their homes.
More rain is coming
The Korea Meteorological Institute said rainfall would ease on Wednesday and Thursday, but heavy rains are expected to return later in the day. Prime Minister Han Duk Su ordered preparations for another wave of tropical downpours.
“We have little time to regroup,” he said.
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