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SEOUL — At least eight people died after record rainfall across South Korea on Monday and Tuesday, including the capital, Seoul, flooded city streets and inundated subway stations.

Photos and videos from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to around 25 million people, showed half-submerged cars, people walking in waist-deep water and overflowing subway stations. Eight people died in floods, landslides and other incidents, according to the Interior and Security Ministry. Seven other people are missing, including four in the Seocho district of Seoul, where South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol lives.

Yoon was notified of the rain and gave instructions remotely overnight from his high-rise apartment, which was partially flooded on the ground floor, according to his office.

“Nothing is more precious than life and safety. The government will carefully handle the heavy rain situation with the central headquarters of disaster safety measures,” Yoon said. wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

In nearby Gangnam, a widely shared image showed a man in a suit sitting on top of a submerged car in the upscale neighborhood.

The record rainfall — which had not ended Tuesday afternoon local time — was the worst in parts of Seoul since 1904, the year authorities began documenting rainfall. About 15 inches (381.5 millimeters) of rain fell on southwest Seoul on Monday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The second highest day of precipitation was August 2, 1920, when 14 inches (354.7 millimeters) fell in Seoul.

The weather agency said another 12 to 14 inches of rain is expected through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Yoon visited basement apartments in the Gwanak district, south of Seoul, including one where a 13-year-old and two adults drowned. Basement houses, where many of Seoul’s poorest residents live, exist throughout the city. He highlighted how “marginalized groups in society are even more vulnerable to disasters” and called for the improvement of insecure residential areas, according to his spokesperson.

According to the Ministry of Interior and Security, in Dongjak district in southern Seoul, a public official who was cleaning up debris died in a suspected electrocution. Two people were found dead under the rubble of a bus stop in the southern city of Gwangju.

Power outages hit parts of the city and residents in lower areas were told to evacuate.

The Korea Meteorological Administration issued downpour warnings through Monday evening in central regions, warning that some areas would see 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) of rain per hour. It also issued heat advisories in South Korea’s eastern provinces.

According to scientists, these episodes of intense precipitation around the world are increasing due to human-induced climate change. A warmer atmosphere is able to hold more moisture and produce more precipitation.

Joseph Hatfield, 36, a teacher in Seoul who recorded video of the flooding in the city of Anyang in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, told the Post that he saw many people in the units of the first floor trying to drain water from their homes and businesses. .

Torrential rains also hit North Korea, causing severe flooding and damage in the south and west of the country. Its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Tuesday reported efforts to prevent damage to construction sites and power plants. Although state media did not report casualties, the country is particularly vulnerable to heavy rains due to deforestation and a lack of resources.

Westfall reported from Washington.

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