Heaviest rainfall in 115 years drenches South Korea

World Tuesday 09/August/2022 17:28 PM
Heaviest rainfall in 115 years drenches South Korea

Seoul: Record-setting heavy rain hit Seoul and surrounding areas last night and today morning, wreaking havoc across the region, The Korea Herald News reported.

The rainfall -- the highest amount recorded in Seoul in 115 years -- left several dead and displaced hundreds. Severe flooding occurred in many parts of the capital, leading to significant infrastructure and property damage

Heavy rain is expected to continue until Friday in Seoul and throughout the capital region, the Korea Meteorological Administration said on Tuesday.

The rainfall on Monday was the highest in 115 years since weather observations began in Seoul in 1907. The daily and hourly precipitation both broke previous records. The peak one-hour rainfall recorded in Dongjak-gu, southern Seoul, on Monday night was 141.5 millimeters, dwarfing the districts previous record of 118.6 millimeters in 1942. The daily rainfall recorded was 381.5 millimeters, also higher than the previous record for Dongjak-gu of 332.8 millimeters in 1998.

However, it will not be included in the official record because the data came from the observation of a regional office of the Korea Meteorological Administration in Sindaebang-dong, Dongjak-gu. The representative weather value for the city comes from the Seoul Weather Station in Songwol-dong, Jongno-gu.