It’s pouring down like there’s no tomorrow
in Korea. As a seasonal monsoon front moves northward
across the peninsula,… heavy rain and blustery winds are already leaving a trail of destruction.
Kim Hye-sung updates us on the current conditions and what more we should be ready for. Heavy rain alerts have been issued across
most of the nation, including Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi-do province.
According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea’s central region, including Seoul, will
see up to 200 millimeters of rain over the next two days, with other regions expected
to see around 50 to 100 millimeters. Several parts of the peninsula have already
been seeing downpours, with heavy rain advisories issued for Gyeongsang-do province, southern
Gangwon-do province and Chungcheong-do province. Daejeon saw more than 100 millimeters of precipitation
as of noon, and issued an emergency alert. In Busan, an embankment fell down, and more
than twenty cases of apartment flooding-related damage were reported Monday morning.
In Gyeongsangbuk-do province, a train heading to Daegu derailed after being hit by a rock
slide. None of the 42 passengers were injured, but
the railway was damaged. This marks the heaviest rainfall so far this
summer, and more property damage, injuries and road flooding could take place.
Experts suggest you avoid parking in underground garages, and stay away from street lamps and
power lines due to the risk of electric shock. Residents living in low-lying areas where
flooding or landslides are possible, should also be aware of evacuation areas and have
an emergency contact. “Adding to the weather woes,… the first
typhoon of the season, Typhoon Nepartak,… currently south of Guam,… is forecast to
move toward Taiwan,… and could have an indirect impact on Korea over the course of the week.
Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.”