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Recovery efforts after massive damage, casualties reported from latest torrential rain in S. Korea Updated: 2022-08-11 05:28:47 KST

Torrential rain drenched the central region, including Seoul, since earlier this week.
Widespread damage to buildings, roads, and cars have been reported.
The top priority is helping people and families affected by the floods.
Lee Rae-hyun brings the updates.

After a disastrous two-days of rain here in South Korea, recovery efforts are currently underway.

"The water in my house is above my ankle. I can't even open the door to one of the rooms because floating furniture is blocking the way."

The nation's military will send around 1,3-hundred troops to Seoul and its surrounding areas to work on restoring areas that suffered heavy damage.
They will also pick up flood-damaged household items that have ended up outside.

"The military will always be ready to support civilians who have been hit hard by the rain. We hope this aid to be helpful for damaged households."

Local authorities are also visiting certain sites to inspect the extent of the damage and will supply daily necessities to people who were forced to evacuate from their homes.
Seoul City Government plans to roll out 30 billion Korean won or around 22.8 million U.S. dollars in funding to restore public facilities and provide quarantine equipment for infectious diseases.

The record rainfall seen on Monday and Tuesday in the Seoul metropolitan area is believed to be the heaviest in 115 years.
Amid two days of chaos, the torrential rain caused floods and damaged homes, buildings, subway stations, and vehicles.
At least ten people died due to the adverse conditions while six have been reported missing.
In the capital Seoul, around 600 people from over 400 households were forced to evacuate their homes and take shelter in schools and other public facilities.
Several subway lines in Seoul, along with riverside parking lots were closed over safety concerns.

Although heavy rain alerts in and around Seoul area have been lifted for now more rain is expected in the region until Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry upgraded its flood damage watch level from "alert" to the highest "serious".
Authorities are urging citizens to take extra precautions, as the wrath of Mother Nature may not yet be over.
Lee Rae-hyun, Arirang News.
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