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Heaviest rainfall in 115 years wreaks havoc on Greater Seoul

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The Han River in the South Korean capitol Seoul burst its banks, flooding a wide area.

SOUTH KOREA: Record-setting heavy rain hit Seoul and surrounding areas Monday night and Tuesday morning, wreaking havoc across the region. The rainfall — the highest amount recorded in Seoul in 115 years — left several dead and displaced hundreds. Severe flooding occurred in many parts of the capital, leading to significant infrastructure and property damage.

Heavy rain is expected to continue until Friday in Seoul and throughout the capital region, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Tuesday.

The rainfall on Monday was the highest in 115 years since weather observations began in Seoul in 1907. The daily and hourly precipitation both broke previous records. The peak one-hour rainfall recorded in Dongjak-gu, southern Seoul, on Monday night was 141.5 millimeters, dwarfing the districts previous record of 118.6 millimeters in 1942. The daily rainfall recorded was 381.5 millimetres, also higher than the previous record for Dongjak-gu of 332.8 millimeters in 1998.

This heavy rain was accompanied by lightning, which struck the metropolitan area more than 2,000 times, the previous night. A total of 741 houses and shopping malls were flooded while retaining walls collapsed in three places in Seoul, Incheon, Gangwon Province and Gyeonggi Province.

More than 1,000 cases of vehicle flooding have been reported as of Tuesday morning, according to figures from the insurance industry. Trains were halted across the city as rainwater flooded subway stations and tracks.



Friday, August 12, 2022 – 01:00

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