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South Korea’s landslides, floods claims 30 lives

South Korea’s safety ministry said the Seoul area and the southern region are expected to receive more heavy rain in the coming days [Lee Jin-man/AP]

GOKSEONG-(MaraviPost)-At least 30 people have died in South Korea after the country’s longest monsoon in seven years which has resulted into floods, landslides and forced people to evacuate from their homes.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety confirmed the news in a statement.

According to the weather official in the country Woo Jin-kyu, most places in South Korea had received three to four times more rainfall last week than the average rainfall recorded in the same period across the last 30 years.

Reuters report revealed that the country’s heavy rains for the last 46 days has left more than 3,700 people displaced on Friday and Saturday alone and 12 still missing.

Other reports revealed that at least five homes were buried in a landslide on Friday from a mountain behind a village in Gokseong, South Jeolla province, killing five people.

Approximately 9,300 hectares (22,980 acres) of farmland were swamped or buried, while 9,500 cases of damage to public and private facilities forcing the country’s forestry agency has raised landslide warnings to its highest level in every region except the holiday island of Jeju.

According to the Korean Meteorological Administration, the season’s fifth tropical cyclone, is expected to hit the southern region of the Korean Peninsula from Monday.

The latest weather forecasts has predicted that this year’s monsoon may last longer that the recorded longest monsoon in the country that lasted 49 days in 2013.

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