Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Damage in South Korea

  • The damage in Daejeon is particularly high.
  • According to the Daejeon police, a man in his 50s was found dead in the Cosmos apartment in Jeonglim-dong.
  • The 119 Rescue Team rescued 72 inhabitants who were unable to evacuate before the water was filled.

Between 80-100mm of rain per hour fell from the night of the 29th to the dawn of the 30th in Daejeon, Sejong, and Chungnam regions of South Korea. The rain caused damage such as flooding of houses and roads. Heavy rain warnings have been issued to Daejeon and Gyeryong, Geumsan, and Nonsan on the morning of the 30th.

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is the largest electric utility in South Korea, responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the development of electric power projects including those in nuclear power, wind power and coal.

In addition, a heavy rain advisory is in effect for Gongju, Seocheon, and Buyeo. The damage in Daejeon is particularly high. During the night in Daejeon, a strong rain accompanied by lightning and thunder caused one person to die, and 28 apartments, 85 houses, and 55 vehicles were flooded.

According to the Daejeon police, a man in his 50s was found dead in the Cosmos apartment in Jeonglim-dong, Seo-gu this morning. The police will autopsy the dead man and cover up the correct sign, 28 apartments on the first floor of the apartment were flooded.

The 119 Rescue Team rescued 72 inhabitants who were unable to evacuate before the water was filled, and more than 100 vehicles in the apartment also suffered flood damage.

Because of the rapidly rising water, the underpass, riverbed, and road under the bridge were all controlled. The water in the Gapcheon watershed, which penetrates the northern part of Daejeon’s downtown area, has suddenly flooded, causing all of the riverside to be submerged.

During the night, the line of Daejeon was flooded, and trains such as KTX were delayed. The heavy rain also flooded the track. According to the Korea Railroad, around 4 AM on the day, a portion of the high-speed rail line between Daejeon Station and Daejeon Jangjang Station was submerged in rain.

As a result, the regular trains on the Gyeongbu Line, KTX, SRT, and regular trains on the Honam Line and Jeolla Line were delayed by 10-50 minutes.

Tips for Coping with Heavy Rain

The Korean government offered the following tips to residents for dealing with the heavy rain:

The East Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain, is caused by precipitation along a persistent stationary front known as the Meiyu front for nearly two months during the late spring and early summer between China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The wet season ends during the summer when the subtropical ridge becomes strong enough to push this front north of the region.

It is easy to be embarrassed if damage occurs suddenly due to heavy rain. However, a calm response can reduce the damage.

First, it is important to understand weather conditions in advance through the Internet or broadcast and share and prepare them with family and people around them. If you are driving a vehicle, you must operate at a slower speed and avoid roads near flooded areas or rivers.

If the electrical equipment inside or outside the home is broken, you should contact KEPCO instead of repairing it yourself because of the risk of electric shock. Inevitably, when evacuating out of the house, the water and gas valves in the house must be closed, and an electric breaker must be put down to prevent secondary damage.

National Action Tips

  • Avoid dangerous places such as water-soaked areas and landslide risk areas, and evacuate to a safe place.
  • Close doors and windows indoors and check weather conditions on TV, radio, and the Internet without going out.
  • At risk of floodings, such as streams, rivers, and coastal areas, do not go near because they can be swept by the rapids.
  • Mountain and valley hikers evacuate to a safe place avoiding valleys or slopes.
  • Do not go near the construction site as construction materials may fall over.
  • In rural areas, we do not go out to inspect paddy fields or water stalks.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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