The record rainfall – which didn’t end until Tuesday morning local time – was the worst in some parts of Seoul since 1904, the year that local officials began Precipitation documentation. Rain hit about 381.5 mm (15 inches) southwest of Seoul on Monday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The second largest day of rainfall was on August 2, 1920, when about 354.7 mm (14 in) fell in the capital.
One particular image sparked alarm and intrigue online: a man in a suit sits on top of a submerged car in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district.
Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing heavy rains.
The Dorimcheon Stream in Seoul’s Gwanak District has been flooded everywhere, and an evacuation notice has been issued for people living nearby.
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“There is nothing more precious than life and safety. The government will fully manage the heavy rain situation through the Central Disaster Safety Measures Headquarters,” President Yoon Suk Yeol. Wrote In a post on Facebook.
Power outages hit some parts of the city, and residents living in low-lying areas were asked to evacuate.
The Korea Meteorological Administration issued warnings of heavy rain until Monday night across various central regions, warning that some areas would see 50 to 100 mm (1.9 to 3.9 inches) of rain per hour. It also sent heat warnings across the eastern provinces of South Korea.
Extreme rainfall events are increasing around the world due to human-caused climate change. Warmer weather is able to hold more moisture and produce more precipitation.
Joseph Hatfield, 36, a teacher in Seoul who recorded a video of flooding in Anyang, in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, told The Post that he saw several people in the first floor units trying to remove water from their homes and businesses.
“The river overflows after heavy rain, but I’ve never seen it this much before, so it was very worrying,” he said, adding that levels gradually rose throughout the afternoon with rain falling into the night.
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