• South Korea experienced floods and sidelines
• Two areas to be declared disaster zone after 42 consecutive days of rain
At least 15 people have died and more than 1,500 have been forced from their homes after torrential rain triggered floods and landslides in South Korea.
Lives were lost and people have been forced out of their homes
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun called for two areas to be declared disaster zones after 42 consecutive days of rain – the country’s longest monsoon in seven years.
There are fears that crowded shelters could spread the virus
The rescue effort is being complicated by coronavirus restrictions. There are fears that crowded shelters could spread the virus.
The interior ministry said efforts were being stepped up to keep displaced people in temporary shelters – mainly gyms and community shelters – distanced from each other.
Fabric screens are separating families and individuals and beds are being spaced apart to encourage social distancing, they said. Weeks of rain have left vast swathes of farmland under water. In the capital, Seoul, the swollen Han river has flooded motorways and bridges.
About 1,300 houses are reported to have been submerged or buried in landslides across the country, Yonhap news agency reported, while nearly 1,000 roads and bridges have also been damaged.