Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Historic rains kill at least 35 in South Korea as 75% of season's rain falls in just 24 hours -- World weather caushing chaos

Massive downpours in South Korea -- the heaviest rains in a century -- are blamed for 35 deaths, according to the country's Central Disaster Relief Agency.

The most recent numbers released by the agency indicate that much of the death toll comes from landslides triggered by the heavy rain. In Chuncheon, 13 people were killed by landslides, while 15 were killed by the same phenomenon in Seoul. Five people are still missing, the agency says.

Five neighborhoods on the outskirts of Seoul are under evacuation orders.

But officials have been able to restore electricity to many thousands of homes that had lost power. Earlier, there were 116,000 homes without power, said the agency. Now, that number stands at 1,190.

Earlier, the agency warned that hundreds of families had lost their homes.

The weather has caused major traffic disruptions across portions of the country as well.

The Korea Meteorological Agency issued a special heavy rainfall alert for cities in the center of the country. The forecast calls for the downpour to continue at a rate of 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) per hour over the next day. (more)