South Korea – Floods and Landslides Leave 13 Dead and Over 1,000 Displaced

More flooding and landslides have been reported in South Korea after days of heavy rainfall. Some areas recorded more than 500mm of rain between 01 and 04 August, 2020.

Flooding affected North Chungcheong and Gyeonggi Province on 02 August. Since then officials reported a total of 13 dead and 13 missing, with more than 1,000 people evacuated and over 5,000 hectares of farm land inundated.

Six people died in a landslide in Gyeonggi Province on 03 August. Another fatality was reported in South Chungcheong Province. Six people were reported missing in North Chungcheong Province.

A total of 1,025 people from 629 households fled their homes. According to Yonhap News Agency, more than half of them were in North Chungcheong Province, followed by 391 in Gyeonggi, 70 in Gangwon and nine in Seoul, where some flooding was reported along the Han River.

Korea Meteorological Administration reported that Cheorwon County in Gangwon Province recorded 527.5mm of rain between 01 and 04 August 2020. Yeoncheon in Gyeonggi Province recorded 499.5mm and Chungju in North Chungcheong Province 427.5mm during the same period.