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Landslides & flash floods kill 32 in South Korea

Landslides, flash floods hit South Korea, 32 dead | Reuters.

Rescue workers remove a body from a house following a landslide in Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, July 27, 2011. A landslide caused by torrential rain crashed into a South Korean mountain resort east of Seoul early on Wednesday, destroying four buildings, including two small hotels, and killing at least 10 people, officials said. REUTERS-Jo Yong-Hak
Rescue workers walk past a collapsed house swept by a landslide in Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, July 27, 2011. REUTERS-Jo Yong-Hak
Cars are trapped on a flooded motorway during heavy rainfall in Seoul July 27, 2011, in this picture taken through a window. REUTERS-Jun Su-young-Yonhap

1 of 10. Rescue workers remove a body from a house following a landslide in Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, July 27, 2011. A landslide caused by torrential rain crashed into a South Korean mountain resort east of Seoul early on Wednesday, destroying four buildings, including two small hotels, and killing at least 10 people, officials said.

Credit: Reuters/Jo Yong-Hak

CHUNCHEON, South Korea | Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:49am EDT

(Reuters) – Torrential rain battered the South Korean capital Seoul and surrounding regions Wednesday, causing dozens of landslides and flash floods that killed at least 32 people, the emergency services said.

In the worst single accident, a landslide crashed into a mountain resort at Chuncheon, east of Seoul, destroying three small hotels and killing at least 13 people.

A resident reported hearing what sounded like a train.

“Then I heard someone shouting ‘help me’. So I went out to see, and I saw a landslide had swept all over the area,” she said.

Another landslide on the outskirts of Seoul buried dozens of houses and killed at least 10 residents, local media reported, adding that one villager was missing.

A tributary of the Han River running through Gonjiam, about 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Seoul, had overflowed and killed five residents, Yonhap news agency reported.

Wild weather has battered the central region of the country since late Tuesday, causing rivers to burst their banks, disrupting travel and triggering power outages.

More than 60,000 homes were still without electricity on Wednesday evening, Yonhap said.

The share price of insurers fell on fears that damage costs would run into tens of millions of dollars.

At Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, soldiers were drafted in to help with the rescue operation after a wall of mud flattened the small hotels just after midnight.

More than 40 holidaymakers, mostly university students, were sleeping in the inns when the landslide hit.

“We were asleep and suddenly I heard a big sound, and then the ceiling fell down,” Lee Beon-seok, a student, told a television station.

Officials said 26 people were injured.

About 400 mm (16 inches) of rain fell on Seoul in a period of 24 hours, and the weather bureau said the heavy rain would last until Friday.

There was no immediate reports of damage to crops, and flights and shipping were not affected.

(Reporting by Seoul bureau; Writing by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Ron Popeski)

Floods along the Yangtze River

Floods along the Yangtze River : Natural Hazards.

Floods along the Yangtze River

acquired June 27, 2011 download large image (6 MB, JPEG)
Floods along the Yangtze River

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Water levels remained high in Dongting and Poyang Lakes in southeastern China on June 27, 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured the top image the same day. For comparison, the bottom image shows the area on May 28, 2011.

These false-color images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between water and land. Water varies in color from medium blue to navy. Depending on land cover, areas that are not under water range from green to brown. Clouds are pale blue-green or nearly white.

In late May, Poyang Lake is an assortment of small, isolated water bodies. One month later, the water bodies have merged into a swollen lake. Meanwhile, Dongting Lake has multiplied in area.

The recent floods followed months of devastating drought, China Daily reported. Prior to the torrential rains, 3.5 million people endured water shortages. Although the rain brought much-needed moisture, it also brought deadly floods and landslides. As of June 28, nearly 100 people had died and about 27,000 homes had been destroyed.

  1. References

  2. Qingfeng, Z., Howell Alipalo, M. (2011, June 28). How to fight natural disasters. China Daily. Accessed June 28, 2011.

NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

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Terra – MODIS

Tropical Storm Arlene kills 17 in Mexico

Tropical Storm Arlene kills 17 in Mexico – CNN.com.

 

Chickens walk on the roof of a house destroyed by a mudslide in Xalapa, Mexico, on Friday.
Chickens walk on the roof of a house destroyed by a mudslide in Xalapa, Mexico, on Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 12-year-old electrocuted is youngest victim
  • Death toll expected to rise as other incidents are investigated
  • Arlene is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

(CNN) — At least 17 people throughout Mexico have died and thousands of others have been affected since Thursday as a result of Tropical Storm Arlene, a Mexican official said Monday.

The youngest victim was 12-year-old Uriel Escobar, who was electrocuted Friday after touching a downed power line, said Juan Carlos Orantes, the director of emergencies with the country’s civil protection agency.

“He died in the hospital after being transported. He was accompanied by his grandfather when he died,” Orantes said.

The death toll was expected to rise as investigators worked to confirm other incidents in the state of Oaxaca, Orantes said.

The victims ranged in age from 12 to 65 years old.

“We are expecting still more intense storms; however, we’ve had a brief stoppage for now,” Orantes said.

In Veracruz, Alfredo Garcia, 21, was found dead in his car after it was overcome by floodwaters. In the same state, Damien Islas died while trying to save a group of people from a collapsing house, Orantes said.

The dead include five from Hidalgo, two from the state of Tamaulipas, another two in Guerrero, three more in Veracruz and three in San Luis Potosi.

Tropical Storm Arlene is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.