South Korea – 9 Dead, 6 Missing After Record Rain and Floods

Torrential rain has caused flooding and landslides in South Korea where 9 people have lost their lives and 6 others are missing.

Flood damage in Seoul, South Korea, August 2022. Photo: Government of Seoul

The worst affected locations are the capital Seoul, the nearby port city of Incheon, surrounding areas of Gyeonggi Province and parts of Gangwon Province.

According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS), 5 people have died and 4 area missing in Seoul. Three fatalities, two missing and nine injured were reported in Gyeonggi Province, while one person died in a landslide Hoengseong, Gangwon Province.

Around 800 buildings have been damaged by floods, landslides or walls collapsing from the heavy rain. MOIS reported 936 people have been evacuated to safer housing, including 580 in Seoul and 309 in Gyeonggi Province. A total of 88 people required rescuing from flood waters.

Some railway services were suspend due to flooded tracks in around 8 locations mostly in Seoul and Incheon. Roads have also been damaged or flooded, disrupting traffic including on the busy Dongbu Expressway in Seoul.

Torrential rain has been falling since 07 August. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the accumulated precipitation for 48 hours to 09 August is 496.5 mm in Seoul; 450.9 mm in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province; 439.5 mm in Yeoju city in Gyeonggi Province; 338.5 mm in Incheon; and 279 mm in Hoengseong in Gangwon Province. Dongjak District in Seoul recorded 381.5 mm of rain in 24 hours on 08 August, which is thought to be the highest since modern records began in 1907. More heavy rain is forecast.

Flood damage in Seoul, South Korea, August 2022. Photo: Government of Seoul