South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods After 277mm of Rain in South Gyeongsang

Two people died after torrential rain in South Korea triggered flash flooding on 13 July, 2020.

Several locations recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours. Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported 277 mm of rain in Sancheong in South Gyeongsang Province in 24 hours to 13 July, while Buan, North Jeolla Province recorded 228 mm and Geoje near Busan South Gyeongsa Province 210 mm.

Rainfall rates of over 30mm per hour were reported in South Gyeongsang Province, where floods and landslides blocked roads and damaged homes including in the large port city of Busan. Yonhap News Agency reported 2 people died after they were swept away by flood waters in Hamyang, while 2 others were rescued from flood waters in Hapcheon. Flooding also damaged houses in South Jeolla and the city of Gwangju.