Heavy rain pounds central part of S. Korea; Jamsu Bridge closed for first time in 2 years
Updated: 2022-06-30 10:56:53 KST
We start here in the capital region where torrential downpours are disrupting traffic amid the risk of flooding.
For more I have SHIN Ye-eun standing by.
YE-EUN so the monsoon is making landfall here in this part of the country?
That's right Sunny.
For the first time in two years Jamsu Bridge, which crosses the Han River in central Seoul, has been closed off.
That's because authorities have opened up around 10 water gates at the Paldang Dam as a precautionary step to prevent flooding.
As of 9 o'clock this morning, Paldang Dam was discharging close to 7-thousand tons of water per SECOND.
The last time Jamsu Bridge was closed off in the summer of 2020 it was completely under water for 10 days.
Back then, water levels peaked at over 11 meters.
Right now, the water level isn't that high.
But it is still over 6.5 meters submerging part of the bridge.
Large streams have also been overflowing with water closing off some highways.
Dongbu Expressway, a 32-kilometer long road connecting the northeast of the capital to Gyeonggi-do Province has been closed off YET AGAIN.
Officials had closed the road this morning but they reopened it at around 11:30 am when it seemed like the sky was clearing up.
Just 3 hours later they then closed it once again because the stream next to the road was overflowing.
Because of this situation, we've been seeing major traffic congestion.
As of 9 am cars in Seoul were driving at an average speed level of just 14.7 kilometers per hour.
YE-EUN do we know how long this wet weather will persist?
A few days ago, the Korea Meteorological Administration originally predicted that by this afternoon skies would start to clear up.
But during a briefing this morning they said it's really hard to accurately predict the weather in the coming days because of the rapidly moving rain clouds.
What they're thinking so far, is that between now and tomorrow morning we'll see up to 150 mm of rain in the greater capital region.
Cheongcheong-do and Gangwon-do Province will see less rain.
Over the weekend, the weather will take a completely different turn.
It's expected to be very humid and incredibly hot.
Then from next Monday, we're expecting to see rain again…this time towards the southern part of the country.
Officials have asked people to stay away from streams and rivers.
And to avoid mountainous regions at risk of landslides.
That's all I have for you.
Back to you, Sunny.