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Massive damage, casualties reported from latest torrential rain in S. Korea Updated: 2022-08-10 08:12:25 KST

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Torrential rain has been drenching South Korea's central region, including Seoul, for two days straight.
While widespread damage to buildings, roads and cars are being reported across Seoul and its surrounding areas, the priority is helping the people affected by the floods.
The extreme weather, not seen in over a century, has resulted in at least nine deaths.
Six people remain missing and many more have been forced to evacuate their homes.
Lee Seung-jae reports.

The record rainfall seen during the past two days in Seoul and its surrounding areas is believed to be the heaviest in 115 years.
Amid two-days of chaos, the torrential rain cased floods and damaged homes, buildings, subway stations, and vehicles, while also taking the lives of at least nine people in the greater metropolitan area while at least six people have been reported missing.
In the capital Seoul, 441 people from 328 households were forced to evacuate their homes and took shelter in schools and other public facilities.
Ten railways in Seoul, along with 20 riverside parking lots were closed over safety concerns, while three banks along rivers in the region collapsed.
A total of 39 power outages were reported throughout the nation, with power to 34 areas already restored.
The historic rainfall, which submerged many low-lying areas, left 41 parking lots, 52 riverside areas, 156 hiking trails, and nine ferry routes restricted.
Downpours and flash floods also caused massive damage to vehicles.
So far,..4,791 car owners have made claims with insurance companies on Monday and Tuesday, with total damage estimated at around 65.8 billion Korean won, or around 50.3 million US dollars.
The General Insurance Association of Korea expect the figures will rise in the coming days, with many still unable to report their abandoned cars.
But there's more rain expected for those already impacted areas.
The nation's weather agency says up to 3-hundred millimeters of rain is expected in the capital until Thursday, with southern Gyeonggi-do Province likely to see more than 3-hundred-50 millimeters rain.
With the interior ministry upgrading its flood damage watch level from "alert" to the highest "serious", authorities are urging citizens to take extra precautions, as the wrath of Mother Nature may not yet be over.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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