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Heavy rainfalls kills 12 in Korea's southern region

Updated: 2014-08-26 15:09:58 KST
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In Changwon, southeast Korea
A city bus is swept away in flash floods. caused by heavy rain.
Caught in the fast-moving currents, the bus tips onto its side and in an instant, it disappears, submerged under the rushing water.
At least one person was killed in this incident.
This is just one of the unfortunate effects of the record rain that drenched southeastern Korea on Monday.
Measuring up to 130 millimeters per hour, the torrential rains hit Korea's port city of Busan and nearby regions in Gyeongsangnamdo Province causing landslides, flooding cars and houses and halting rail services and flights in and out of Gimhae airport.

Officials from the National Emergency Management say at least 12 people were killed and several others were left missing from the torrential rain and flash floods.
On Tuesday morning, police continued the search for the missing with fears the bodies could've been swept into the nearby ocean.
For those confirmed dead, some drowned inside their cars that were stuck in a flooded underground road, while others were swept away by floodwaters.
A 65 kilowatt nuclear power plant was also shut down after rain began to seep into a water-intake facility.

Within three hours, more than 240 millimeters of rain fell in Changwon, Busan and other surrounding cities on Monday.
Weather officials say showers are expected this week in the central and eastern parts of Korea with the monsoon season lingering until mid-September.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.


Reporter : hyunbin@arirang.co.kr

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