The death toll from floods and landslides in South Korea last Friday (8 July) has risen to ???
The death toll from floods and landslides in South Korea last Friday (8 July) has risen to ??? and nearly another 150 are still missing. Clearing up operations are now under way after the heaviest rain in five years.
SYNOPSIS: As well as the dead, the missing, and the injured, about 80,000 people are reported homeless. In Seoul alone, 36 people died, 56 were injured, and seven were reported missing. Torrential rains dropped up to 17 inches, (43??? millimetres) in some places flooding vast areas and causing fatal landslides. More than 40,000 people had to be housed in churches and schools in Seoul.
The Prime Minister, Mr Choil Kyuohah, has ordered a national relief programme as thousands of People temporarily housed face a food and drink shortage as well as the possibility of disease.
The Government disaster control headquarters reported 1,400 tonnes of crops damaged and hundreds of road and communicator links cut. Property damage was put at 4,600 million won (9.6 million dollars) by the headquarters but other local reports say it's more than twice that much.
As clearing up operations got under way troops and other relief workers have had to search through mud, rock and wreckage, for the missing bodies. At least six deaths were caused by high voltage power lines being swept down by the floods.