“It’s the first time in my life that this much rain has fallen, the first time.”
On the afternoon of the 30th, Kwon Nam-seok, the head of Sangmang-dong, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, said, “I have lived in Yeongju for 60 years and this is the first such heavy rain.” Dongjang Kwon said that even when Typhoon Maemi, which caused great damage to Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province in 2003, struck, there was no heavy rain like this. He said, “In our dong alone, dozens of houses have been submerged in water, and everyone is taking refuge in the Senior Citizens’ Center.”
On a hill in Sangmang-dong, a 14-month-old infant was buried and died when soil and sand swept away by rainwater hit a nearby house at around 4:40 am that day. The house at the foot of the mountain had the roof blown off and the walls collapsed as if it had been bombed by a landslide.
An official from Yeongju Fire Station explained, “It seems that soil washed away by the rainwater broke the wall of the house and poured into the room where the baby was sleeping.
Ten people from three generations lived in this house, including the grandfather and grandmother of the deceased child. It is known that nine people, including seven adults and two elementary school students, evacuated on their own during the landslide. Due to the landslide, 43 residents of 15 households were evacuated to a nearby senior citizen center안전놀이터.
On the 30th, when torrential rain fell overnight, houses were flooded and roads and embankments were washed away, causing major and minor damage. Recently, as the precipitation pattern in summer has changed into a ‘water bomb’ that pours down in a small area in a short time, the damage is increasing.
According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, from midnight on the 29th, the previous day, to 5:00 pm on the same day, the cumulative precipitation in Yeongju, Gyeongbuk was 342.5mm, in Sinan, South Jeolla Province 156mm, in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province 140.9mm, in Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province 120mm, in Iksan, North Jeolla Province 108mm, in Geumsan, Chungnam 105.1mm. mm was recorded.
In Jeonnam and North Gyeongsang Province, 430 people from 302 households temporarily evacuated to village halls or relatives due to soil loss, slope collapse, and flood concerns. Jeonnam has 303 people in 207 households, and Gyeongbuk has 108 people in 81 households.
As of 11:00 a.m., damage to public facilities included 6 cases of loss of road slopes, 6 cases of loss of roads and bridges, 2 cases of loss of river embankments, and 10 cases of damage to water supply and sewage pipes. Damage to private facilities was counted as 1 case of house burial, 1 case of house propagation (1 in Jeonbuk), 26 cases of house flooding (17 in Gyeongbuk, 7 in Jeonnam, 2 in Jeonbuk), and 4 cases of flooding of shopping malls (1 in Chungnam, 3 in Jeonbuk).
In Gyeongbuk, where heavy rain of 20 to 60 mm per hour poured, 123 cases of rain damage were reported. The roads in the city of Yeongju were filled with rainwater overnight. Alleys and back roads, such as apartment complexes and residential areas, have also become a sea of water. Mr. Lee, a resident in his 50s, said, “The whole neighborhood is flooded,” and said, “There are several houses where people who live in houses have been evacuated to our apartment due to flood damage.”
The bridge connecting the local road and the village in Bonghyeon-myeon, Yeongju could not stand the river water that swelled due to the torrential rain and bent like a stick and broke. There was also an accident at the construction site of the Yeongju apartment complex, where earth and sand came in and hit five cars parked next to the safety fence.
In Bongseong-myeon, Bonghwa-gun, 185 households lost power for a moment due to heavy rain. About 30 houses and roads were damaged by flooding in 4 towns and villages in the area, and 5 vehicles were washed away by rainwater in front of the law. Train service between Yeongju and Donghae was also suspended due to the track loss. In Bonghwa-gun, 54 people in 50 households were temporarily evacuated to avoid flooding or landslides.
In Gwangju Metropolitan City, where a month’s worth of precipitation (274.6 mm) fell in one day just a few days ago, heavy rain fell overnight on this day as well. As a result, power outages and water outages occurred in three apartment complexes in Gyerim-dong, Dong-gu. It is presumed that electricity supply was cut off and tap water supply was also cut off due to a short circuit in the facilities inside the pump room.
Near Jisan Amusement Park in Jisan-dong, Dong-gu, some embankment walls collapsed, damaging stairs and handrails of buildings used as houses and restaurants. There were no casualties, but a family of four fled to a relative’s house due to fears of a collapse.
In Jeollanam-do, the wall of a house in Godal-myeon, Gokseong-gun collapsed, causing damage to the building. In South Jeolla Province, 303 people from 207 households evacuated to village halls and other places due to slope collapse and flooding concerns.
In Jeollabuk-do, flooding of houses and rice paddies due to heavy rains followed. In Iksan, a road in Yeongdeung-dong was locked at around 1:27 pm the previous day, and a warehouse in Hwangdeung-ri, Hwangdeung-myeon, Iksan-si was flooded at around 3:19 pm. In Jeongeup, Buan, and Namwon, there were 1 house damage, 2 floods, 3 shopping malls, and 1 warehouse damage, and 2028 hectares of crops were submerged in water in Buan and others.
In South Chungcheong Province, at around 2:43 p.m. on the 29th, a 1-ton truck was trapped in an underground roadway in Galsan-dong, Seosan-si, and driver A (54) and passenger B (55) were isolated and rescued.The Korea Meteorological Administration predicted that for three days until the morning of July 1, it would rain 100 to 200 mm in Jeonnam and Jeju Island and 50 to 120 mm in Gyeongnam.