Torrential Rainfall Claim 9 Lives; Severe Downpour Forecasted

Heavy rain flooded homes, roads, and subway stations in Seoul, the South Korean capital, this week, claiming at least nine people’s lives. Severe rain to downpour in the forthcoming time.

The torrential rain relaxed a bit on Wednesday; however, already-flooded areas could experience an additional 11.8 inches (300 millimeters) of rain through Thursday, resulting in further flooding and mudslides.

According to Interior and Safety Ministry of South Korea, three of those who died had been trapped in a flooded semi-basement. In addition, the ministry informed that some 17 others were injured and at least seven people remain missing.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China confirmed two Chinese deaths. One electrocuted during outdoor construction work during the storm. At the same time, the other died in a landslide at a dormitory in Hwaseong, south of Seoul.

More than 500 people have been evacuated from Seoul on Monday night since heavy rain lashed, with the ministry offering tents, blankets, and other items. Meanwhile, cleanup and rescue services are launched by authorities, with the fire department has had 145 people as of Wednesday.

Various countries in East Asia are now witnessing more severe daily rainfall, with summer monsoons projected to grow more unpredictable and stronger as the Earth warms, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

Parts of Japan also experienced downpours on Monday night, with some regions of Hokkaido reporting flooding — but no injuries have been reported Tuesday. However, authorities have warned of the risk of flash floods and landslides.