In pictures: Seoul ravaged by its worst rains in 80 years

In pictures: Seoul ravaged by its worst rains in 80 years

Waist-deep in water, flooded subways and devastated streets. Seoul experienced its worst rainfall in 80 years on Monday. The rain of rare violence has left at least seven dead and six missing, reports the Korea Times. And the storm isn’t expected to stop there, as the Korea Meteorological Administration said up to 300 millimeters (12 inches) of additional rain is forecast for the capital and its region through Thursday. Several areas south of the Han River were hardest hit by the rains, including the affluent and modern Gangnam area, where some buildings and businesses were flooded and power was lost. Authorities said around 800 residents in schools and gyms were evacuated or voluntarily sought refuge in local community centers as more than 741 homes and businesses were affected by flooding.

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South Korea’s Interior and Security Ministry said three of the dead were trapped in a flooded basement. Conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol on Tuesday urged officials to do everything they can to minimize damage. At an emergency meeting, he said: “Efforts are being made under the direction of the Interior Ministry to minimize the damage, but as the heavy rains will continue for several days, we must respond vigilantly.” He also stressed the need to review the country’s disaster management system , as extreme and unpredictable weather is expected to become more common due to the climate crisis.