• Short Summary

    South Korea's heaviest rains in living memory left at least 268 people dead, 254 injured, and more than sixty missing in landslides and swirling floodwaters during the weekend (18-20 August).

  • Description

    South Korea's heaviest rains in living memory left at least 268 people dead, 254 injured, and more than sixty missing in landslides and swirling floodwaters during the weekend (18-20 August). In Seoul alone, in the 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday night, 180 died as the city was swamped by nearly 18 inches (455 millimetres) of rain. The downpour, worst since the local meteorological bureau was established 65 years ago, forced at least 162 thousand residents of central South Korea to flee their homes. Several power relay stations on the upper reaches of the Han River failed, and some cities were without electricity.

    Local bands of rescuers and helpers were being assisted by 1,000 American military personnel and 42 helicopters, and all available small boats were put to work to help in the mass evacuation.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3NBA3LL87NINOEJQXYSB7E551
    Media URN:
    VLVA3NBA3LL87NINOEJQXYSB7E551
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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