South Korean officials said seven people died and seven were missing in flooding following heavy rain in Seoul on Tuesday. Subway stations and many roads were flooded in the South Korean capital.
The rain that began on Monday was the heaviest in South Korea in 80 years, Yonhap news agency reported.
Dramatic footage shared on social media Monday night showed people wading through waist-deep water, overflowing subway stations and half-submerged cars in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district.
According to local media, three people, including a teenage girl, who lived in “Banjiha” – a narrow basement apartment – drowned in their apartment.
President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered government officials to evacuate residents from at-risk areas and encouraged companies to allow their employees to work flexible hours on Tuesday morning.
“Nothing is more precious than life and safety. Government will handle heavy rain situation carefully,” he posted on his Facebook page.
Daily life in South Korea was severely affected on Tuesday as several roads and tunnels were closed for security reasons, Yonhap reported.
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