Heavy rains kill four in South Korea | Climate Crisis News

The Meteorological Agency said this amount of rainfall has only been seen “once in about 200 years.”

Torrential rains have battered parts of southern South Korea, killing at least four people and causing transport disruptions.

The Ministry of Interior and Security said on Wednesday that heavy rains had damaged homes, roads and infrastructure, leading to landslide warnings in at least 50 areas and the evacuation of more than 3,500 people.

“In the event of heavy rain, we ask that you refrain from entering underground car parks, underground passages and streams,” Interior Minister Lee Sang-min said in a statement.

According to data from the Korea Meteorological Administration, the three areas of Geumsan, Chupungnyeong and Gunsan experienced the heaviest hourly downpours on record.

“It was a once-in-200-year level of severity,” an anonymous meteorological official told South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

A woman carrying luggage walks through a flooded street in Daegu. [Yonhap via Reuters]

On Wednesday, hourly rainfall in Gunsan reached 131.7 mm (5.4 inches), more than 10 percent of the region’s annual average.

South Korean broadcasters showed footage of rivers overflowing, roads submerged and people wading through waist-deep water in some areas. Four people were killed in the heavy rains.

An apartment in Nonsan city was flooded by rain, killing a man in an elevator.

Rescue workers found a man in his 70s after a house collapsed in Seocheon City due to a landslide. He was taken to hospital but later confirmed dead.

Another man in his 70s died when his car fell into a flooded river, and in Daegu a farmer in his 60s died after being sucked into a drainage system while inspecting his farm.

South Korea also experienced record rains and floods in 2022, killing at least 11 people.

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