© Reuters. Rescue employees participate in a search and rescue operation at an underpass that has been submerged by an flooded river attributable to torrential rain in Cheongju, South Korea, July 16, 2023. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
CHEONGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – The our bodies of six individuals trapped in a tunnel submerged by heavy rains in central South Korea had been retrieved on Sunday, firefighting authorities mentioned, taking the loss of life toll from days of torrential rains which have pounded the nation to 33.
Search engine optimisation Jeong-il, head of the west Cheongju hearth station, mentioned some 15 automobiles, together with a bus, are estimated to have been submerged within the flooded underpass within the metropolis.
“We’re specializing in the search operation as there’s seemingly extra individuals there,” Search engine optimisation advised reporters. “We’re doing our greatest to wrap it up right now.”
The loss of life toll within the tunnel stands at seven, he mentioned.
The Ministry of Inside and Security mentioned 10 individuals had been lacking as of 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) as heavy downpours prompted landslides and floods throughout the nation, with evacuations protecting 7,866 individuals.
The ministry information doesn’t embody these within the flooded tunnel because it was not instantly clear how many individuals had been trapped underwater.
Korea Railroad Corp has halted all sluggish trains and a few bullet trains since Saturday resulting from security issues over landslides, monitor flooding and falling rocks.
President Yoon Suk Yeol, now on an abroad journey, ordered Prime Minister Han Duck-soo to mobilise all obtainable sources to minimise the casualties, his workplace mentioned, as extra heavy rain was anticipated on the Korean peninsula on Sunday.