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Heavy rain lasted for 42 days in South Korea causing floods and landslides that killed 14 people, forcing more than 1,000 people to flee their homes in Seoul and neighboring provinces.

On 4 August, Reuters said, the record rain in the past 7 years in South Korea has flooded many farms, large roads and a series of bridges in Seoul.

Persistent heavy rains have led to floods and landslides that have claimed lives of many, including three New Zealand citizens. The victims were family members, found at a resort in the Gapyeong district of Gyeonggi Province. One of the dead was identified as Anna Song, Director of New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (NZCC) in South Korea.

Xinhua said six of the 14 victims were killed after a landslide at a construction site in Geyonggi province, while 13 people in North Chungcheong province were still missing.

Facing complicated weather, South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed concern about the impact of the 42-day rain, a record level since 2013, especially when the country is experiencing a lot of difficulties in trying to contain Covid-19.

President Moon Jae-in also called for a comprehensive effort to prevent the risk of further casualties and the evacuation of people, even in less-risk cases.

To enhance cleaning and rescue work, South Korea has mobilized more than 25,000 police officers and volunteers.