Record heavy rain hits Seoul area, 8 dead, 6 missing

Lee Min Young, Kim Gang Min

Record-breaking rains hit much of the Seoul metropolitan area on Monday and Tuesday, leaving eight people dead and six missing. Heavy rains have flooded and destroyed roads and metro stations, causing landslides and clogging groundwater drainage systems, forcing people living in low-lying areas to evacuate.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the country’s central weather monitoring agency, the hourly rainfall observed in the metropolitan area was the highest in 80 years. Seoul’s Dongjak district was hit by the heaviest rainfall in the city, with 422mm of precipitation on Monday alone.

The amount of precipitation seen so far on Monday and Tuesday is about as much as the city has seen on average for the entire month of July. On the same day, Yeoju, Gwangju, Yangpyeong, Gangwon, Hoengseong, and Hongcheon counties in Gyeonggi Province were hit by 200-400mm of heavy rain. Record heavy rain hits Seoul area, 8 dead, 6 missing

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