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More rain expected in central region; Jamsu bridge still closed Updated: 2020-08-05 17:06:58 KST

South Korea has had a record-breaking monsoon this year, leading to deadly floods and landslides.
The rain has eased up in Seoul for now - we even caught a glimpse of sunshine earlier in the afternoon.
Our Kim Sung-min is on the banks of the Han River in Seoul at the Jamsu Bridge, a low-lying bridge often used to gauge the level of rain in the capital.
Sung-min, how's it looking out there?

Connyoung, it's been a few hours since the rain subsided, but the Jamsu Bridge, right behind me, is still submerged.
The Han River is still about seven meters higher than usual because the Paldang Dam has been releasing an enormous amount of backed up water.
The water has not gone below 6.2 meters, which is the level at which the bridge could reopen.
It's been closed for four days now and is expected to remain closed because another dam, the Soyang Dam, has started releasing water as of 3 PM.
It's the first time that dam's opened up in three years.
Soyang Dam is located at the top of the Bukhan River, and it's one of the largest dams in Korea, so this could greatly affect the water level.
If the water on the Han River does rise, then some of the major roads that have reopened, like the the Olympic and Dongbu expressways could have to close again.
So be sure to check for traffic updates.

And are we expecting more rain today?

Quite a lot of rain in the capital region 50 to 100 millimeters per hour.
Some regions like the northern part of Gyeonggi-do Province and Gangwon-do Province are currently getting heavy showers of around 20 to 50 millimeters per hour, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
These areas are under heavy rain alerts, and several parts of the country, including the Gangwon-do and Chungcheong-do Provinces are under landslide warnings.
So people should refrain from going outdoors and should take extra caution in mountainous areas.
I'll be back with more updates later.
Back to you Connyoung.

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