27 Jul '11, 5am

18 dead in S. Korean landslides

18 dead in S. Korean landslides

SEOUL: Landslides triggered by torrential rain in South Korea have killed a total of 18 people, police and a rescue agency said Wednesday. They said 12 people died when a mudslide hit an inn and three homes in the mountainous Chuncheon area 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Seoul. Five people were killed in a mudslide in southern Seoul and one elsewhere in the city. The Korea Meteorological Administration said 161 millimetres (around six and a half inches) of rain fell in Seoul between midnight and 9 am Wednesday. Streets, subway stations, underpasses and residential districts were flooded throughout the capital. At Uijeongbu north of Seoul, Yonhap said three people were reported missing in flooded streams and rivers. The National Emergency Management Agency said floods or mudslides shut 36 major roads nationwide, including 23 in Seoul, and more than 700 homes were flooded...

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