President Lee Myung-bak visited the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters in Seoul Wednesday afternoon to receive the latest reports on damage and recovery efforts.
At the headquarters, the president held a video conference with Governor Choi Moon-soon of Gangwon Province where 13 people were killed in a landslide earlier, and asked him to contain the situation and secure the safety of other people in the area.
Lee also spoke with emergency responders to check the situation around the region, including the resumption of subway services in Seoul.
The president thanked the responders and government officers working on relief efforts and asked them to cooperate with local governments for a speedy recovery.
Saying that the more than 4-hundred millimeters of rainfall since Tuesday afternoon is unprecedented in Korea, the president asked for government officials to begin preparing for all possible scenarios and to take measures to prevent further damage.
President Lee also visited the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul, where rising water levels forced authorities to close it down.
Kang Seok-ho, Arirang News.