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5 people killed after torrential rains pound SKorea

Torrential rains that lashed South Korea this week have led to the deaths of five people and left nine others missing, the government said.

world Updated: Jul 26, 2008 09:27 IST

Torrential rains that lashed South Korea this week have led to the deaths of five people and left nine others missing, the government said on Saturday.

Six people were also injured and 1,124 others rendered homeless because of heavy rain that started battering the country on Wednesday, the National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. On Friday, three people died after their houses were pounded by landslides, it said. A day earlier, two South Korean soldiers were killed in a mudslide near their army base in Yanggu, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of the capital Seoul.

The rainfall also damaged or flooded about 620 houses across South Korea, and 1,220 hectares (3,010 acres) of farmland was inundated.

More rain and thunderstorms were expected to hit Seoul, the eastern province of Gangwon, and the southeastern province of Gyeongsang throughout the weekend.

Dongducheon, a city just north of Seoul, received about 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain since Wednesday, and major cities in Gangwon were pelted with about 11 inches (28 centimeters), the emergency agency said.