Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blog 49 - 15th August

Landslides and torrential rain saw 57 people die in Korea as a result of a record deluge at the end of July. We were safe inside and warned to only go out if it was absolutely necessary. Seoul was hit with 534.5 millimeters (21 inches) of rain between midnight July 26 and 5 p.m. July 27, the most on record for a 65-hour period.

The rain triggered a number of mudslides, one in a residential area about five kilometres from our homwe at Seoul National Univeristy. It was amazing to be inside and for the rain to keep on for so long - like being in a sci-fi movie.

Many people abandoned their vehicles and returned later to claim them.

This photo of Mount Umyeon was taken from our car as we drove past on the weekend.

Over the few days following the flooding nearly 10,000 people, worked to help clean up mud and debris in residential areas and roads in the southern part of the city, assisting homeowners and bringing in relief supplies.

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