Southern regions of South Korea affected by heavy rains and flooding

Heavy rains have been falling since Monday evening in the southern regions, especially in South Jeolla Province, causing deaths and property damage.

While a heavy rain warning has already been issued in the southern regions, more rain is predicted there during the week, raising fears of more damage.

More than 500 millimeters of rain have fallen in parts of South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces since Monday evening, flooding homes and farmland.

A woman in her 60s was washed away by water near her home in Haenam, South Jeolla Province, and was found dead, according to the Central Disaster Control and Security Headquarters, which suspects she drowned.

While the Korea Forest Service issued a landslide warning in the two provinces, two houses were buried and two others were damaged by landslides in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province, around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A woman in her 80s was trapped in one of the buried houses. Rescue services conducted rescue operations after confirming that the woman was still alive through her cell phone, but she was eventually found dead.

More than 40 people evacuated their homes in Gangjin and Jindo in South Jeolla Province, and roads and some sections of railroads in South Chungcheong and South Jeolla provinces as well as in Gwangju and Busan were blocked.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), it will rain throughout the country during the week as the entire country is under the influence of the rainy season.

“Thunder clouds over the southern coastal areas will continue to increase, so heavy rain with thunder and lightning is expected in those areas until Wednesday,” said a meteorological administration official, adding that up to 200 millimeters of rain could fall in some areas on Wednesday.

Rains are expected in all regions of the country on Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, except in some parts of Gangwon Province.

“Heavy rains in the southern regions have made the soil weak and more rainfall is expected, so we advise people to avoid visiting mountainous areas where landslides may occur and to engage in outdoor activities,” said a CMA official.