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Heavy Rains and Floods Claim 31 Lives in South Korea, 14 People Still Missing

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Heavy Rains and Floods Claim 31 Lives in South Korea, 14 People Still Missing

South Korea has been ravaged by heavy rains and floods, leading to the tragic death of 31 individuals, with 14 people still reported missing. The relentless downpours over the past few days have resulted in a dire flood situation. Thousands of people have been compelled to evacuate their homes and seek shelter elsewhere. South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo is closely monitoring the uncontrollable circumstances.

According to officials cited by the Yonhap news agency, 19 vehicles were submerged in an underground roadway in Osong, impacting numerous individuals. However, authorities are still in the process of determining the precise numbers. So far, five bodies have been recovered from the tunnel where people were trapped. The breach of a dam due to heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding in various low-lying areas, potentially leading to an increase in the death toll.

Five Bodies Retrieved from Submerged Bus

Rescue workers conducted an underwater search operation on Sunday morning and discovered the bodies of five individuals inside a bus submerged in a flooded underpass in Cheongju. The Central Disaster and Security Countermeasures Headquarters, as reported by Yonhap, stated that the majority of the fatalities occurred in North Gyeongsang, where 16 people lost their lives due to landslides and building collapses. Additionally, five deaths were reported in South Chungcheong province. The number of casualties is expected to rise as government agencies assess the extent of the damage nationwide.

Prime Minister Holds Urgent Meetings

Amidst the escalating crisis, South Korea’s Prime Minister is hastily convening meetings with government officials. In a report released by the ministry on Saturday morning, it was mentioned that seven people had already perished in landslides triggered by torrential rains, while ten individuals had gone missing since Tuesday due to the severe weather conditions. The Prime Minister is urging prompt action to expedite relief and rescue efforts. The rescue operation has been significantly hampered by the persistent rainfall over the past four days, presenting numerous challenges.

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