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At least four dead in South Korea due to torrential rains

At least four people have died as unprecedented torrential rains hit southern South Korea and caused transportation constraints, authorities said Wednesday.

In North Jeolla Province, rainfall hit a record high, reaching 131.7 millimeters in one hour in Gunsan City, 178 kilometers south of Seoul, the highest rainfall ever recorded in the country.

Hourly rainfall accounts for more than 10% of the city’s annual averagewhich is 1,246 millimeters.

“It was a level of severity seen once every 200 years,” an official from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) was quoted as saying by South Korean news agency Yonhap.

In the neighbouring town of Hamna, 125.5 millimetres per hour were recorded, while in other towns in the region, rainfall varied between 104.5 millimetres and 255 millimetres between midnight (4 pm in Lisbon) and this morning.

In South Chungcheong Province, torrential rains caused a residential building to flood in the city of Nonsan, about 180 kilometers south of the capital, leaving one person dead.

In the city of Seocheon, a house collapsed due to landslides, resulting in the death of a septuagenarian.

Another man, in his 70s, died in Okcheon County, North Chungcheong Province, after the car he was travelling in fell into a stream.

The fourth fatality was a farmer in his 60s from Daegu, one of the most populous cities in the country, who drowned after being sucked into a drainage system.

Rescue teams are still searching for at least one person in the province. Torrential rains also caused disruptions and interruptions to the transport system in the south of the country.

All train services on the Janghang Line, which serves South Chungcheong Province, and the Gyeongbuk Line in North Gyeongsang Province have been suspended, as have regular connections between Seoul and Daegu.

The rain also caused 21 flights cancelled at Gimhae International Airportin the port city of Busan, and the delay of the 16th.

Source: Observadora

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