Heavy rain waterlogs towns, snarls traffic

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Residents of Gyeonggi and Chungcheong provinces experienced waterlogged streets and damaged property after heavy rainfall on Sunday.

Heavy rain battered South Korea on Sunday, leaving cities in Gyeonggi and Chungcheong provinces waterlogged and disrupting road traffic and train services.

As of Sunday morning, at least 289 millimetres of rain fell in Cheongju in North Chungcheong Province since midnight Saturday, while Cheonan in South Chungcheong Province received 232 mm of rain.

The Korea Meteorological Agency lifted heavy rain alerts issued for Chungcheong and South Gyeongsang Province as of 2 pm on Sunday, as downpours subsided.

The Chungbuk Fire Service Headquarters said it received over 500 damage reports from Sunday 5 to 9 am. Rescue teams were dispatched to some 70 households in flooded areas, official said.

In Gyeonggi Province, an average of 107.8 mm of rain poured down from Friday 1 pm to Sunday 7 am, according to the Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters.

Uiwang saw the most rain with 185.5 mm over the period, with Gwangju, Suwon and Ansan with 150-160mm of rain.

Some 21 house buildings were waterlogged in Suwon, Ansan and other parts in Gyeonggi Province but caused no casualties, the official said.

On early Sunday morning, 200 households in Bono-dong in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province experienced blackout due to thunder stroke. The power was recovered 1.5 hours later at around 6:30 am.

Heavy rain also halted the train operation on North Chungcheong line, which runs from Jochiwon to Cheongju to Bongyang, as tracks were waterlogged. The service had stopped from 11 am, the train operator Korail said.

Weather forecasters encouraged people to be aware of accidents amid torrential rains accompanied by thunder.

At least 25-50 mm of rain is forecast until early Monday and the daytime high will soar to 29 degrees Celsius in Seoul, 33 degrees in Gwangju and 34 degrees in Daegu after rain, the KMA said.

As of Sunday afternoon, a heat wave warning was issued on Jeju Island and the southeastern Gyeongsang Province.

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