Torrential rains in South Korea’s central and southeastern regions have resulted in 26 deaths, with 10 people missing and 13 injured, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.
Heavy rainfall leads to evacuation of 5,570 people and 25,470 households without electricity. (Photo: AP)
Heavy rain in South Korea has led to the death of 26 people and left 10 others missing, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety. The fatalities occurred in the central and southeastern regions over Friday and Saturday.
Initial reports indicated that five individuals were killed in landslides, with two others dying in landslide-related incidents. However, the cause of death for the remaining fatalities was not specified in the latest report.
Additionally, the torrential rains have resulted in 10 missing individuals since Tuesday and 13 others sustaining injuries since Thursday.
South Korea has endured relentless heavy rains since July 9, resulting in significant impacts. According to a ministry report, approximately 5,570 people have been evacuated, while 25,470 households have lost electricity.
Over 4,200 individuals are still in temporary shelters as of Saturday night. The adverse weather conditions led to the cancellation of 20 flights, suspension of regular and bullet train services, and closure of nearly 200 roads.
The country’s weather agency forecasts continued heavy rain in certain areas until Sunday. President Yoon Suk Yeol, currently in Ukraine, has urged Prime Minister Han Duck-soo to mobilize all possible resources to address the disaster.
The central regions, particularly Gongju and Cheongyang, have experienced the highest rainfall, with over 600 millimeters (24 inches) each since July 9.