Death toll from torrential rains increases to 47, 3 still unaccounted for

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Fire authorities reported on Saturday that the number of fatalities from the flooding caused by the recent downpours had risen to 47, after one more body was discovered in Yecheon, located 161 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Unfortunately, three people were still missing as of that day.

In addition, around 2,000 out of the 18,000 people who had been evacuated from 15 cities and provinces were still taking refuge in shelters.

The Korea Meteorological Administration stated that another monsoon was predicted to hit the country over the weekend, with the Seoul area expected to receive 50 to 100 millimeters of rain, and the northern Gyeonggi Province possibly facing more than 150 millimeters.

The central and southern regions, as well as the inland and mountainous areas of Gangwon Province, were forecasted to have 30 to 80 millimeters of precipitation.

Workers restore the area near the Jamsu Bridge in central Seoul, where entry is banned, on July 18, 2023. (Yonhap)

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