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Record Rain, Landslides Kill at Least 32 in South Korea

Torrential rain across South Korea caused flooding and landslides that killed at least 32 people, including 16 in Seoul after a record downpour in the capital.

A mudslide struck a residential area in the city’s south today, killing 16 people, Kim Jong Sun, an official at the Disaster & Safety Management Office, said by phone today. Another landslide hit at a resort village near Chuncheon, about 75 kilometers (50 miles) east of the capital, killing 13 people, and three died in Gwangju, Gyeonggi province, he said.

Seoul was inundated by 443.5 millimeters (17.5 inches) of rain in the 40 hours from midnight July 26, the most on record over a two-day period, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

South Korea has received at least 60 percent more rain this month than in the same period in July last year, according to the weather bureau.

There were no cancellations or delays at Incheon International Airport and only minor disruptions to trains in the Seoul metropolitan area, according to officials from the airfield and Seoul Metro.

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