Torrential rains pounded South Korea’s capital, Seoul, on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and damaging around 2,800 homes and other structures.

More rain was anticipated for Wednesday, although less than the severe downpours that swamped several streets and buildings on Monday and Tuesday, trapping people in flooded apartments and stranding cars. 

According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, at least five people had been murdered in Seoul as of early Wednesday, as well as three in neighboring Gyeonggi Province and one in Gangwon Province.

At least 17 individuals were hurt, and seven are still missing.

Flooding remained in some buildings in the affluent Gangnam neighborhood on Tuesday, while subway lines and several highways were closed.

According to data, at least 2,800 public and private facilities in South Korea were damaged, and more than 1,100 households were displaced. By Wednesday, most highways and metro lines had been cleared.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) showed that, the total rainfall in Seoul since midnight Monday was 525mm as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, with more expected. Total rainfall in neighboring Yangpyeong County was 532.5 mm.

Rain is expected to persist in most regions of the country, with heavy rain in Chungcheong Province. Rainfall was expected to progressively decrease in several regions of the greater Seoul area and Gangwon Province, according to the agency.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will preside over a meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss flood damage and countermeasures. Separately, the administration and the ruling People Power Party are planning an emergency meeting to consider financial assistance for damage recovery.

Source: Reuters

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