SEOUL: The South Korean authorities put officers on excessive alert for the peak of the summer season monsoon season as torrential rain swept throughout the nation on Friday (Jul 14), inflicting energy cuts and forcing greater than 100 individuals to evacuate their houses.
Over 4,000 households have skilled energy cuts within the capital, Seoul, as a result of heavy rain that started on Sunday with 135 individuals compelled to evacuate nationwide, as of 6am, in accordance with the South Korea Ministry of Inside and Security.
One individual is lacking within the southern metropolis of Busan whereas one has been injured in South Jeolla Province.
In a gathering with authorities businesses, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo stated making certain “no casualties have been brought about” was of utmost significance and ordered officers to remain on alert. Greater than 10,500 police have been placed on site visitors obligation and elevated patrols.
Final summer season, Seoul was hit with floods brought on by the heaviest rain in 115 years, inundating semi-basement flats in low-lying neighbourhoods, together with within the largely prosperous Gangnam district.
North Korea has additionally been getting heavy rains and would possibly open floodgates at dams on rivers flowing throughout the border between the 2 Koreas, Han added.
“Heavy rain is anticipated in Hwanghae Province and we have to totally put together for the likelihood that North Korea would possibly launch water from its Hwanggang Dam,” he stated, referring to the North’s central area.
Such water releases, typically with out discover by Pyongyang, have brought about sudden surge of water in rivers that in earlier years brought about flooding and resulted in deaths within the South.
The Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, stated on Friday it once more despatched a message final month requesting discover within the occasion of water launch however obtained no response.