South Korea – 5 Dead, 7 Missing After Heavy Rain in Central Areas

At least 5 people have died and 7 others are missing after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding in central South Korea on 02 August, 2020.

Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported rainfall of more than 290mm in 24 hours from 01 to 02 August in areas of Gyeonggi and North Chungcheong provinces.

North Chungcheong Province is the worst affected. Homes have been damaged, roads closed and train services suspended. Floods and mudslides caused fatalities in Chungju (1), Eumseong (2) and Jecheon (1).

More than 80 houses in Chungju were flooded, forcing around 120 residents to evacuate. Evacuation alerts were issued for nearly 5,000 residents of Eumseong county due to flood risks.

At least 7 people are still missing in the province, including a firefighter who was swept away by flood waters in Chungju and 3 people who were swept away by flood waters in Danyang.

Flooding has also affected parts of Gyeonggi Province, which encircles the capital, Seoul. One person died in a landslide in Anseong and around 200 residents of a village in Yeoju have been evacuated.

Warnings for further heavy rainfall have been issued.

This is the fourth major flood event in the country since mid-July.