Heavy rain pounds central part of S. Korea; Jamsu Bridge closed for first time in two years
Updated: 2022-06-30 17:06:52 KST
We start here in the capital region where torrential downpours are disrupting traffic.
One of the capital's main bridges, Jamsu Bridge has been completely closed off.
Our Shin Ye-eun is on site to show us what the situation is is like there.
Ye-eun what's the latest?
For the first time in two years Jamsu Bridge, which crosses the Han River in central Seoul, has been closed off COMPLETELY.
You should be able to see two bridges behind me, the one above is Banpo Bridge but the one below Jamsu Bridgeis under water.
That's usually where bikers, pedestrians, and cars would go by.
But, with rain pouring 30 to 50 millimeters per hourwater levels here have surpassed 7 metersmaking it impossible for them to go by.
The last time Jamsu Bridge was closed off in the summer of 2020water levels peaked at over 11 meters.
The lower part had been completely under water for 10 days.
Though water levels aren't as high as last timeauthorities are still on high alert.
That's because they have opened up most of the water gates at Paldang Dam to prevent flooding.
The dam has been discharging over 7-thousand tons of water per second.
We're also seeing major streams overflowing with waterclosing off many roadways like Dongbu Expressway.
That's why we've seen a lot of traffic congestion today.
Even for me and the crew to get here todayit took over two hours.
Normally it would take us only 20 minutes.
To solve this, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has asked citizens to use public transport.
They've increased the number of buses and subway trains operating during rush hour by 30 minutes.
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 millimeters of rain in the greater capital region.
Cheongcheong-do and Gangwon-do provinces 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, back to you Mokyeon.