13 killed in South Korea floods, landslides
Published: 07:42 PM, 4 August 2020
At least 13 people were killed and 13 others went missing in flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of heavy rains in South Korea.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters said on Tuesday that more than 1,000 people were also forced from their homes in the capital Seoul and the surrounding provinces. It also warned that more severe weather is likely in the coming days.
According to Yonhap news agency, six of the 13 victims died after a landslide buried temporary housing at a makeshift work site on a mountainside in Gyeonggi Province.
The 13 missing included a 60-year-old man whose truck was swept away in a flash flood in North Chungcheong province, the agency reported.
The flooding has inundated more than 5,751 hectares (14,211 acres) of farmland and flooded parts of key highways and bridges in Seoul, Yonhap said, prompting the government to mobilise more than 25,000 police officers and volunteers to tackle the damage.