Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Deadly Landslide Fatalities rise to 32 In South Korea - 27th July 2011

A landslide caused by torrential rain in South Korea has crashed into a mountain near Seoul, killing at least 32 people, including 10 college students doing volunteer work, according to officials.

Students were engulfed in mud and debris as they were sleeping in a cabin in Chuncheon, which has a population of over 260,000 and is 70 miles northeast of the capital Seoul.

In addition, four buildings - including two hotels - have also been wiped out in the city and a married couple and a convenience store owner were also among those killed.

Some 500 officials and residents worked to rescue people trapped in the mud and wreckage and witnesses interviewed likened the sound of the landslide to a huge explosion.

"We were asleep and suddenly I heard a big sound, and then the ceiling fell down," student Lee Beon-Seok told local television.

A local resident has reported hearing what sounded like a train, and said: "I heard someone shouting 'help me'. So I went out to see, and I saw a landslide had swept all over the area." Read More