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Devastating flood in South Korea witnessed high death tolls

South Korea has been battered by days of heavy rainfall that triggered flash floods and landslides, killing at least 40 people and leaving nine missing, according to the interior ministry.

Among the victims, 13 people were found dead in a submerged underpass in Cheongju, where up to 15 vehicles, including a bus, were swamped by a flash flood when a riverbank broke on Saturday evening.

Rescuers, including divers, continue to search the 685-meter-long Osong underground tunnel, which fire officials estimated filled with water in as little as two or three minutes.

The downpours have also forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes and damaged more than 139 homes and swept away 146 roads across the nation.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the central and southern parts of the country could still get as much as 30cm (12in) of further rain through Tuesday.

President Yoon Suk Yeol, who is on a trip to Europe, discussed the rain-related casualties and damages during an emergency meeting while traveling to Poland on a train after visiting Ukraine on Saturday, according to his office. Yoon called for officials to mobilize all available resources to respond to the disaster and vowed to “accept climate change is happening, and deal with it”

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