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Seoul’s Worst Storm in a Century Kills Nine, Destroys Homes

  • At least 570 people lost their homes, interior ministry says
  • President Yoon is facing criticism for his response to floods
Han River after the heavy rain in Seoul on Aug. 10.

Han River after the heavy rain in Seoul on Aug. 10.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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South Korean repair crews took advantage of a lull in torrential rainfall to drain flooded train stations and fix damages after one of the worst storms in over a century hit Seoul, killing at least nine people including two Chinese nationals. 

President Yoon Suk Yeol apologized to the nation Wednesday for “inconveniences” caused by rainfall that the weather agency said was some of the heaviest in at least 115 years. A day earlier, he asked authorities to recalibrate disaster management plans by taking into account the effects of global warming.