South Korea landslides, floods kill 7 as more than 1,000 evacuated | Inquirer News

South Korea landslides, floods kill 7 as more than 1,000 evacuated

/ 01:04 PM July 15, 2023

Seven people have died, three were missing, seven injured, and thousands evacuated amid landslide and flooding in South Korea

A view of a road submerged by a flooded river caused by heavy rain in Cheongju, South Korea, July 15, 2023. Yonhap/via REUTERS

SEOUL  — Seven people have died, three were missing, seven were injured, and thousands evacuated in South Korea on Saturday, officials said, as a third day of torrential rains caused landslides and the overflow of a dam.

As of 11 a.m. (0200 GMT), 1,567 people had been evacuated nationwide, according to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, and the number could rise as water overtopped the dam in North Chungcheong province.


Local governments’ evacuation orders covered more than 7,000 people at various times, according to provincial authorities.


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As of 9 a.m., more than 2,700 tonnes of water per second was flowing into Goesan Dam, the maximum it can discharge.

Korea Railroad Corp said it was halting all slow trains and some bullet trains, while other bullet trains might be delayed due to slower operation, as landslides, track flooding and falling rocks threatened safety.

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A slow train derailed late on Friday when a landslide threw earth and sand over tracks in North Chungcheong province, the transport ministry said. The engineer was injured, but no passengers were on board.

In a meeting with government agencies on Saturday, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo called for the military to actively join in rescue activities, working with government officials to mobilise equipment and manpower.


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