|Cows swim in floodwaters in Gurye, South Jeolla Province, Saturday, after torrential rain pounded the area. Yonhap|
The death toll from weeklong heavy rains here rose to 21, officials said Saturday. At least 11 people were reported missing and seven injured, while more than 3,000 were displaced, according to the national disaster control center and local governments.
Torrential rain has wreaked havoc across the country since Aug. 1 amid the prolonged monsoon season.
President Moon Jae-in designated seven devastated areas as special disaster zones, Friday, making them eligible for state support in their recovery efforts.
|A man holding an umbrella walks through floodwaters in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, Saturday. Yonhap|
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters (CDSCH) said 21 people had died and 11 were missing due to the heavy rain over the week as of 6 a.m. Saturday, after three more people were killed and two went missing Friday night in a landslide that hit a village in Gokseong, about 400 kilometers south of Seoul.
Later on Saturday, one missing woman was pulled from the debris but died at a hospital, and another was found dead.
The death toll did not include the casualties from three capsized vessels near Uiam Dam in Chuncheon, 85 kilometers east of Seoul, which left one dead and five missing Thursday. This was categorized as a marine accident.
On Saturday afternoon, two of the missing, a policeman and a rescue worker, were found dead.
|A small village is flooded in Hadong in South Gyeongsang Province, Saturday. Yonhap|
The CDSCH also reported that 3,059 people have been left homeless Saturday, an increase of more than 500 from the previous day.
A total of 8,246 cases of property damage have been reported, up 2,084, including 287 homes, and 1,489 roads and bridges. Repair work has been completed in 72.5 percent of the cases.
The agency said 51 roads and five railways across the country remained blocked as of Saturday. (Yonhap)