South Korea’s landslide rises to 17 casualties

By on Jul 27, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Events, Natural Disasters, Weather, World Comments

Rescuers after the landslide
Image Credit: AP Photo/ Lee Sang-hak

Seoul, South Korea – A landslide caused by heavy rain engulfed a resort in South Korea on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 claiming 17 lives and three people were thought to be missing. In some reports it was said that it took 19 lives already and leaving one child missing.

Byun In-soo of the town’s fire station said in the reports that out of 17 lives, eight (8) of them were college students who had been doing volunteer work in the area. The students reportedly stayed in a resort cabin in Chuncheon about 68 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Seoul when the mud and debris covered them.

Meanwhile, in Bangbae area in Seoul, one child was still missing and five lives were claimed that were not identified yet.

South Korea has been hit with strong rain this week which destroyed several buildings and injured at least 26 people based on several reports.

A traffic emergency was issued by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency organizing more police to handle the situation caused by the heavy rain.

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