South Korea’s death toll from heavy rain rises to 21

SEOUL (XINHUA) – South Korea’s death toll from heavy rain, which continued since last Saturday, rose to 21, with 11 missing and seven wounded as of 6am local time yesterday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters.

The torrential rain spread from the country’s central region, including Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan area, to the southern region on Friday. The government has designated seven cities and counties in the central region as special disaster zones to provide a rapid assistance of the central government.

A landslide occurred at Gokseong county in South Jeolla province on Friday afternoon, leaving four dead and one missing.

Two people were dead and five missing in two incidents of boat capsising, but they were not included in the death toll as the cases were categorised as a marine accident.

A total of 3,059 people from 1,853 households were forced to evacuate homes across the country.