15 killed in South Korea floods and landslides
Published: 10:54 PM, 6 August 2020
At least 15 people were killed and more than 1,500 others forced from their homes after torrential rain triggered floods and landslides in South Korea.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun called for two areas to be declared disaster zones after 42 consecutive days of rain - the country's longest monsoon in seven years.
The rescue effort is being complicated by coronavirus restrictions. There are fears that crowded shelters could spread the virus.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun urged officials to declare Gyeonggi and Chungcheong provinces as special disaster zones. The move would enable them to receive extra aid from the national government.
Weeks of rain have left vast swathes of farmland underwater. In the capital, Seoul, the swollen Han river has flooded motorways and bridges.
About 1,300 houses are reported to have been submerged or buried in landslides across the country, Yonhap news agency reported, while nearly 1,000 roads and bridges have also been damaged. - BBC