Torrential rain lessens in Seoul amid heavy damage
Published: Aug 10, 2022 09:40 PM
Torrential rains that have slammed South Korea's capital, Seoul, diminished Wednesday after killing at least nine people and damaging about 2,800 homes and other buildings.

Two of the victims were Chinese citizens, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday.

The Chinese Embassy in South Korea immediately verified the situation with the local government, contacted the families of the victims, and provided assistance in the ­aftermath, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a routine press conference on Wednesday.

More rain was forecast for Wednesday, but less than the heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday that submerged some streets and buildings, trapping people in flooded apartments and stranding cars. 

At least five people had been killed in Seoul as of early Wednesday, as well as three in the neighboring Gyeonggi Province and one in Gangwon Province, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

At least 17 people have been injured, and seven are missing.

Flooding in some buildings around the glitzy Gangnam district continued on Tuesday, while subway stations and several roads there had been blocked.

Data showed at least 2,800 public and private facilities had been damaged across South ­Korea, and more than 1,100 households had been displaced. Most highways and subway lines had been cleared by Wednesday.

The accumulated rainfall in Seoul since midnight Monday stood at 525 millimeters as of 7 am Wednesday.