The record rainfall – which had not ended by Tuesday local time – was the worst in some parts of Seoul since 1904, the year local officials began. Documentation of precipitation. About 381.5 millimeters (15 inches) of rain fell on southwestern Seoul on Monday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The next-wettest day was 2 August 1920, when about 354.7 millimeters (14 in) of rain fell on the capital.
One particular image sparked concern and intrigue online: a man in a suit sitting on top of a sunken car in Seoul’s Gangnam district.
Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing heavy rains.
The Dorimcheon stream in Seoul’s Gwanak district is flooded, with evacuation notices recently issued for people living nearby.
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“Nothing is more precious than life and safety. The government will fully manage the heavy rain situation with the Central Disaster Safety Measures Headquarters,” President Yoon Suk-yeol wrote In a Facebook post.
Parts of the city were hit by blackouts and residents living in low-lying areas were asked to evacuate.
The Korea Meteorological Administration issued a heavy rain warning for various central areas on Monday night, with some areas warning of 50 to 100 millimeters (1.9 to 3.9 inches) of rain per hour. He also sent a heat advisory to provinces in eastern South Korea.
These extreme precipitation events are increasing worldwide due to human-induced climate change. A warmer climate is able to hold more moisture and produce heavier rainfall.
Joseph Hatfield, 36, a teacher in Seoul who recorded video of the flooding in Anyang city in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, told The Post that he saw many people in first-floor units trying to get water out of their homes and businesses.
“The river floods after heavy rains, but I’ve never seen it this high so it was quite alarming,” he said, adding that the level gradually rose throughout the afternoon as rain fell overnight.