Seven people have died and seven are missing in record flooding in Seoul after torrential rains buried subway stations and several roads in the capital, officials said Tuesday.
“At least seven people have died in the Seoul metropolitan area…seven others are missing, due to heavy rain at 7:30 a.m. this morning,” an intelligence ministry official told AFP. Interior of Seoul.
The torrential rains that began on Monday were the heaviest in South Korea for 80 years, according to the agency Yonhap press.
Dramatic footage shared Monday night on social media showed people wading through waist-deep water, overflowing subway stations and half-submerged cars in Seoul's upscale Gangnam district. p>
According to local media, three people live in a “banjiha” — cramped basement apartments like the one where the family in the movie “Parasite” resides of Bong Joon-ho — including a teenager, drowned in their apartment.
President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered officials authorities to evacuate residents from at-risk areas and encouraged businesses to allow their employees to work flexible hours on Tuesday morning.
“Nothing is more precious than life and security. The government will carefully handle the heavy rain situation,” he wrote on his Facebook account.
Daily life in South Korea South was still heavily disrupted on Tuesday, with many roads and tunnels closed for safety reasons, Yonhap reported.