The death toll from heavy rain rose to 20 yesterday after it swept through northern and central parts of the nation, causing massive floods and landslides in the regions. Another 32 are missing....On Sunday, heavy seasonal rains cracked part of the Anyang Stream enbankment in Yeongdungpo-gu, southwestern Seoul, flooding over 1,900 low-lying houses and apartments....
A resident watches water being pumped out of flooded residential areas in Yeongdeungpo, southwestern Seoul. [The Korea Herald]
The disaster authority issued an ``Orange'' crisis alert for the downpour in Seoul, Inchon, Kyonggi and Kangwon provinces in the morning, and a ``Yellow'' warning for other parts of the nation.
The colors indicate the seriousness of a disaster: Blue, Yellow, Orange to Red. Red is the most serious. An Orange warning is designated when a heavy rain alert is issued and extensive damage is expected. It is the first time the government has issued an Orange alert since adopting the warning system in 2004.
Heavy rain alerts in Seoul, Kyonggi and Kangwon provinces were eased to heavy rain warnings last night, but the regions will keep receiving rainfall until Tuesday. With the rain front moving southward alerts were issued for North and South Chungchong and North Kyongsang provinces.
In Kangwon Province, where more than 500 millimeters of rain fell, 32 people are listed dead or missing as of 10. p.m on Sunday. Most roads connecting the western and eastern parts of the province were cut by landslides and flooding. About 10,000 people were evacuated from their houses, and tens of thousands of households had electricity cut. Hundreds of residents were also isolated due to cut roads around their villages.
Residents of a village in Inje, after being evacuated from their houses due to rain, walk through broken trees and rubble that drifted from valleys in Kangwon Province, Sunday. [Korea Times]
The Olympic highway, one of the main roads of Seoul, is underwater after torrential rain in Seoul on Sunday./Reuters