South Korea flooding and landslide leaves 44 dead, dozens injured

July 27, 2011 –  Seoul (CNN) — A landslide near the South Korean town of Chuncheon killed 44 people and injured 24 others, authorities said Wednesday. More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight, according to the Central Disaster Relief Center. About 400 families have lost their homes and more than 14,000 were left without power. The hillside gave way during a summer of record-setting rainfall, which has caused flooding and major traffic disruptions across portions of the country. Chuncheon is about 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of the capital, Seoul, which has seen more than 400 millimeters (15 inches) of rain since Tuesday. Sixty households in the capital have been cut off by high water, and six people are missing, the disaster center reported. The Korea Meteorological Agency has issued a special heavy rainfall alert for cities in the center of the country. The forecast calls for the downpour to continue at a rate of 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) per hour over the next day. “This is a lot of rain considering that the amount we saw yesterday and today consists of three-quarters of what we got during the rainy season,” Cheung Kwan-young from the meteorological agency said. –CNN
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1 Response to South Korea flooding and landslide leaves 44 dead, dozens injured

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