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43 Days of Monsoon Rain Devastate South Korea with Deadly Floods and Over 200 Landslides

16 dead; 11 missing ; 1,600 displaced ; and thousands of homes and facilities buried in landslides.

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  • In South Korea, heavy rains lasting for 43 straight days put central regions and the metropolis under water.
  • Death toll increased to 16, while 11 people are still missing.
  • Floods and landslides resulting from the cloudburst damaged thousands of infrastructures and killed many livestock.
  • With approximately 1,600 people displaced, officials set up temporary shelters and implemented safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Massive flooding and about 277 reported landslides ravaged South Korea, as heavy rains incessantly pour for 43 consecutive days—the country’s longest monsoon since August 4, 2013.

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has reported 16 dead and 11 still missing as of Thursday morning. In addition, approximately 1,600 people from severely affected provinces such as North and South Chungcheong, Gyeonggi, and Gangwon had to leave their homes.

There are over 5,000 houses and essential facilities, including roads and bridges, submerged or buried in landslides across South Korea.
Torrential rains left almost 8,065 hectares of farm land inundated or destroyed.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, prompted the Ministry of Interior and Safety to declare Gyeonggi and Chungcheong as “disaster zones.”

This would enable the said provinces to receive more aid from the national government.

Also, for the first time in three years, the Korea Water Resources Corporation opened the floodgates of two major dams on Wednesday.

According to local media, they opened Soyang Dam in Gangwon and Paldang Dam in Gyeonggi, to help drain flooded areas.

However, as Seoul’s Han River also continually rose, the police had to close sections of some major highways in the city.
Sections of Dongbu Urban Expressway, Seoul Inner Loop, Olympic – Daero, and Gangbyeon Northern Highway are among them.
President Moon Jae-in ecpressed his concern about the impact of the monsoon on emergency workers presently battling the coronavirus pandemic. Still, he urged “all-out efforts to prevent further loss of life.”
The Ministry of Interior and Safety set up temporary shelters in school gyms and community centers in Anseong.

However, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and turning shelters into “hot spots,” they placed the tents slightly apart from each other.

Displaced residents wear masks and practice hand hygiene. Relief workers check their temperatures and screen them for any Covid-19 symptoms as well.

Meanwhile, strong winds and rain showers of up to 50 millimeters per hour are still expected on the central and southern regions of the country on Thursday and Friday.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab Vows to Make the People Responsible for Beirut Explosion “Pay the Price”

Someone will be held accountable for this catastrophe.

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  • Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab promises that the people responsible for the incident will "pay the price."
  • His statement followed after a massive explosion shook Beirut on Tuesday evening, consequently killing about a hundred people and injuring thousands.
  • Reports say 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port area of the Lebanese capital.
  • The Prime Minister also urgently called on other nations for help.

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In Photos: The Aftermath of the Massive Beirut Explosion That Terrified the World

Endless rubble, bloody people, total chaos.

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  • The exact cause of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon still remains unknown to this day.
  • Bloody, injured people were waiting for help amidst the rubble.
  • Hospitals overflowed with victims and doctors ended up treating some of them out in the sidewalk.

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Cause of the Lebanon Explosion: Conspiracy Theories and Official Announcements

The cause of the explosion in Lebanon is still unclear but rumors and assumptions claim that this is an attack.

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  • A fire, followed by a devastating explosion, shook Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon.
  • The blast left behind massive damage in property and multiple deaths, in addition to numerous rumors and dangerous assumptions regarding its cause.
  • Conspiracy theories quickly came up but experts are quick to slam the idea of a nuke attack.
  • However, US President Donald Trump, along with his unnamed generals, a few fringe websites, and some netizens, believed it was a deliberate attack.
  • The Lebanese government has announced that the explosion may have had something to do with ammonium nitrate.

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