South Korea floods, landslides kill 21
Published: 10:56 AM, 9 August 2020
Flood, landslides, and evacuations have killed at least 21 people in South Korea, reports Reuters quoted officials on Saturday.
According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety data, more than 3,000 people had been evacuated as of 6 am local time on Saturday. 11 more people are still missing.
An official at the South Jeolla province said, about 100 meters of levee collapsed at the Seomjin River collapsed on Saturday and flooded the area. About 1,900 residents of the province have been evacuated. The floods have caused extensive damage to croplands and roads.
South Korea’s forest department has warned that high-level landslides could occur in every region except the holiday island of Jeju.
Five houses were buried in a landslide on a mountain behind the village of Gokseong in South Jeolla province on Friday that killed five people. Three people have been rescued from the spot.
It has been raining for the last 46 days in different parts of South Korea which is the highest in the last seven years.