South Korea – Deadly Floods Hit Busan

At least 3 people died after heavy rain triggered flash flooding in South Korea on 23 July 2020 in the second spate of deadly flooding in the country in the last 2 weeks.

The city of Busan was the worst affected area, with rainfall rates of 80mm per hour according to by Yonhap news agency.

The country’s Disaster Management Centre said 162 homes in Busan were flooded and 43 roads submerged. Fire crews carried out over 30 flood rescues. Three people were found dead in their vehicles submerged in a flooded underpass in the city.

Meanwhile in Ulsan, about 50km north of Busan, 1 man was reported missing after being swept away by a flooded stream. Ulsan recorded 218.5mm of rain between 23 and 25 July, with flooding causing damage to homes and roads in at least 40 points across the city.

Across all affected areas, a total of 195 people were evacuated to safety and over 50 people were rescued from flood water.

Recent heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding across South Gyeongsang Province and areas of Busan on 13 July.