Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Road Chaos in Busan and Gyeongnam Area


Torrential rains that are battering the Busan region this morning have left some parts of the area flooded or heavily damaged.

Haeundae traffic was almost paralyzed around 8:30 a.m. this morning around U-dong and Dongbaek Island as ankle high muddy water flooded the streets.

Firefighters also carried out water drainage emergencies on the roads across from the Busan International Passenger Terminal.

Reports from Jangsan and Seomyeon also showed heavy flooding on the streets and subway. Dozens of houses have been inundated with water as floodwaters have hit Dongnae-gu, Yeonje-gu and Oncheonjang.

In addition, flood damage has occurred in the Danggeong-dong in Busanjin-gu, Yeonje-dong and Choeup.

The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education urged preschools and elementary, middle and high schools to temporarily suspend classes at the discretion of the principal at 7 a.m. Some high schools have remained open, though most elementary schools have closed.

At Gimhae International Airport, 11 flights were canceled by 9:00 am and four flights were returned to other airports.

Image: Ministry of the Interior

There are also concerns of vessels, such as fishing boats which are tied to the harbor, may be loosed due to high waves.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the amount of precipitation was 183.7mm in Busan, 210mm in Gadeokdo, 103mm in Masan, 212.7mm in Tongyeong and 221.5mm in Geoje as of just after 9 a.m.

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