South Korea’s longest spell of monsoon rain in seven years triggered floods which have pressured greater than 1,000 folks to flee their properties and killed no less than 13 folks in landslides and swept-away automobiles, authorities stated on Tuesday.
Heavy rain, that has additionally battered China, Thailand, Myanmar and India in latest days, inundated farmland and flooded components of key highways and bridges within the capital, Seoul.
President Moon Jae-in expressed concern for public staff battling the coronavirus pandemic after 42 days of rain, which climate officers stated was the longest such stretch since 2013.
He urged “all-out efforts to prevent further loss of life” by nationwide and regional authorities, akin to motion to avert landslides and evacuate folks, even in circumstances of little obvious hazard.
Most of the flooded roads and bridges alongside the Han River in central Seoul that had backed up site visitors and broken infrastructure had been again in operation on Tuesday, the Yonhap information company stated.
In neighbouring North Korea, state media warned of attainable flooding, saying that some areas had been additionally experiencing heavy rainfall.
“All the sectors of the national economy, including the agricultural sector, are taking steps to prevent damage from the downpour,” state information company KCNA stated on Tuesday, saying that some areas had been predicted to obtain as a lot as half a metre (20 inches) of rain.
Citing unidentified South Korean authorities officers, Yonhap stated North Korea opened the floodgates of a border dam on Monday with out advance discover to its neighbour.
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