Century-Worst Deluge Kills Dozens in South Korea

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say dozens of people have died as a result of mudslides triggered by the heaviest rains to hit the nation's capital in a century.

Soldiers and police were called out Thursday to assist with rescue and clean-up efforts as the rain continued into a third day.

Thirteen people were killed and 24 were injured Wednesday when a landslide crashed into a mountain resort in Chuncheon, located about 100 kilometers east of Seoul. The victims include 10 college students who were staying at the resort while doing volunteer work at a local elementary school.

At least 15 others died later Wednesday when a landslide buried dozens of houses in southern Seoul. Authorities say 10 more people died in landslides and a floods in separate incidents near the capital.

Emergency officials say more than 400 millimeters of rain have fallen on Seoul and surrounding areas since Tuesday, making it the worst storm to hit the area since 1907.

The storm, which has closed roads and disrupted subway service, is expected to dump more heavy rain on Seoul through Friday.