Torrential rain storms in South Korea lead to flooding and landslides. Part 1

Torrential rain battered the South Korean capital Seoul and surrounding regions, causing dozens of landslides and flash floods that killed at least 32 people. About 400 mm (16 inches) of rain fell on Seoul in a period of 24 hours, and the weather bureau said the heavy rain would last until Friday.


A South Korean rescue worker checks a block of flats after a landslide hit the apartment building in southern Seoul.




South Korean rescue workers carry a body after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Seoul.


A South Korean man washes a window in his home after a landslide hit the apartment block in southern Seoul.




In the worst single accident, a landslide crashed into a mountain resort at Chuncheon, east of Seoul, destroying three small hotels and killing at least 13 people. Soldiers were drafted in to help with the rescue operation after a wall of mud flattened the small hotels just after midnight. More than 40 holidaymakers, mostly university students, were sleeping in the inns when the landslide hit.
Rescue workers search for possible survivors among collapsed houses in Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul.


Emergency workers search a collapsed house in Chuncheon.


Rescue workers carry a child from a collapsed house in Chuncheon.


Rescue workers carry a dead body which was found in a collapsed house in Chuncheon.


South Korean rescue members carry a dead body after a landslide flattened an inn and three homes in Chuncheon.


A rescue helicopter carries residents from an isolated house after a river overflowed its banks following heavy rains in Gwangju, about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Seoul.


Rescue workers and residents travel on part of a wall partition to escape floodwaters after a river burst its banks following heavy rains in Gwangju.


Rescue workers and residents ride on a rubber boat to escape floodwaters after a river burst its banks following heavy rains in Gwangju.


Cars are trapped on a flooded road during heavy rainfall in Seoul, South Korea.


People drive vehicles through a flooded road in Seoul.


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