Ansong was hit with more than 300 millimeters of rain that began to fall late Thursday, and neighboring Kyonggi Province cities such as Pyongtaek and Euiwang were also hit with similar amounts of rain.
More than 230 millimeters of rain fell in Chinchon, North Chungchong Province, forcing more than 1,000 residents to evacuate, according to Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the nation’s weather agency.
Seoul was hit with nearly 200 millimeters of rain on Friday, forcing law enforcement authorities to close 20 car roads.
The monsoon season that is continuing for over 40 days this year brought the largest amount of rainfall to the country since 1973, the KMA said.
Heavy rainstorms are likely to end Sunday, signaling the advent of sizzling weather, the weather agency said Friday.
KMA said that after the last round of heavy rainfall South Korea is expected to have the hottest weather of the year, lasting for more than a month.
On Friday morning, the KMA had issued warnings of heavy rainfall in Seoul and Inchon, and Kyonggi, Kangwon, Chungchong and North Kyongsang provinces.
“Although heavy rain is expected to ease by Saturday afternoon, people should still pay attention and be prepared for emergencies until clouds completely clear away,” a weatherman said.
Fifty to 100 millimeters of rain are expected to fall in Seoul, Kyonggi, Chungchong and Kangwon until Saturday. Each region could have 150 millimeters of rain at a maximum, the KMA warned.
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