Clean-up activities and recovery efforts began smoothly in the South Korean capital area Wednesday (10/8), after two days of record rainfall triggered flash floods. The floods damaged thousands of buildings and roads and killed at least nine people. Seven people have not been found in Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi province.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Safety said workers as of Wednesday afternoon had finished restoring and cleaning more than 90 percent of some 2,800 buildings, houses, roads and other facilities in areas of the capital that had been prioritized in the emergency recovery plan.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at a disaster response meeting on Wednesday (10/8) said he apologized on behalf of the government for the death and chaos caused by heavy rains.
Despite lifting heavy rain warnings for Seoul and surrounding metropolitan areas, South Korea’s weather service forecast 10 to 30 centimeters of rain in southern areas of the country through Thursday. [uh/ab]