Deadly landslides hit South Korea

Torrential rain triggers a landslide which kills at least 10 people in South Korea as flash floods hit the capital.

July 27, 2011 11:42
flashfloods in South Korea

South Korea flood 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A landslide caused by torrential rain crashed down on a South Korean mountain resort east of Seoul, destroying four buildings, and killing at least 10 people, officials said.

Wild weather has battered the peninsula since late on Tuesday, causing widespread flooding and transport delays.

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At Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, rescue workers were still sifting through the muddy rubble of the wrecked hotels, restaurants and coffee shops searching for missing people.

Reports said the ten killed in the small hotel were all college students who were doing volunteer work in the area.

Over the past 24 hours, 400 mm (16 inches) of rain has hit the capital Seoul, causing flash floods, landslides and bridge closures.

Emergency workers said at least four people were killed in other accidents related to the severe weather.

The weather bureau said more heavy rain was forecast for the next 48 hour.

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