29 dead, 32 missing in South Korea floods
Tens of thousands of buildings have lost power and thousands of families have been evacuated from their homes.india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 14:46 IST
At least 29 people have been killed and another 32 are missing in flooding and landslides after a week of torrential rain across South Korea, officials said on Tuesday.
In the last four days, a storm dumped more than 50 cm (20 inches) of rain in some eastern provinces, killing at least 19 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
The storm, coming on the back of Typhoon Ewiniar which slammed into the Korean peninsula a few days earlier, washed away parts of highways, flooded subway stations and caused Seoul's Han River to spill over its banks.
Tens of thousands of buildings have lost power and thousands of families have been evacuated from their homes, it said.
Officials estimated the cost of the damage at more than 300 billion won ($300 million) by July 13, adding the final cost would certainly rise.
Even secretive North Korea said in an official media report over the weekend that it been hit hard by the storms.
"Agricultural and other sectors of the national economy and people's living were badly damaged by heavy rains in some areas," its KCNA news agency reported.