Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing torrential downpours.
Dorimcheon stream in Seoul’s Gwanak District has flooded all over, evacuation notice just issued for people living nearby.
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“Nothing is more precious than life and safety. The government will thoroughly manage the heavy rain situation with the central disaster safety measures headquarters,” President Yoon Suk-yeol wrote in a Facebook post late Monday local time. He added that the government is working to evacuate residents from high-risk areas, as well as to implement emergency measures for those who cannot return home because of flooding.
Blackouts hit some parts of the city, and residents living in lower areas were told to evacuate, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.
The Korea Meteorological Administration issued downpour alerts through Monday night across different central regions, warning that some areas would see 50 to 100 millimeters (1.9 to 3.9 inches) of rain per hour. It also sent out heat advisories across eastern South Korean provinces.
Yonhap reported that while not yet official, precipitation data surpassing 136.5 millimeters (5.37 inches) per hour in one Seoul region might be record-breaking for the capital.
These intense precipitation events around the world are increasing because of human-caused climate change. A warmer atmosphere is able to hold more moisture and produce heavier rainfall.
Joseph, 36, a teacher in Seoul who recorded a video of the flooding in the city of Anyang in Gyeonggi province, south of Seoul, told The Post that he saw many people in first-floor units trying to remove water from their homes and businesses.
“The river floods after heavy rainfall, but I’ve never seen it this high before so it was quite alarming,” he said, adding that the levels rose gradually throughout the afternoon as it rained into the night.