The record rainfall — which had not ended as of Tuesday morning local time — was the worst in some parts of Seoul since 1904, the year local officials began documenting precipitation. About 381.5 millimeters (15 inches) of rain hit southwestern Seoul on Monday, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration. The next-highest rainfall day was Aug. 2, 1920, when about 354.7 millimeters (14 inches) fell in the capital.
One particular image sparked online worry and intrigue: a man in a suit sitting atop a submerged car in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district.
Seoul and other parts of South Korea are currently experiencing torrential downpours.
Dorimcheon stream in Seoul’s Gwanak District has flooded all over, evacuation notice just issued for people living nearby.
Crazy scenes in many other places.pic.twitter.com/EafcXpvvBB
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) August 8, 2022
“Nothing is more precious than life and safety. The government will thoroughly manage the heavy rain situation with the central disaster safety measures headquarters,” President Yoon Suk-yeol wrote in a Facebook post.
Blackouts hit some parts of the city, and residents living in lower areas were told to evacuate.
The Korea Meteorological Administration issued downpour alerts through Monday night across different central regions, warning that some areas would see 50 to 100 millimeters (1.9 to 3.9 inches) of rain per hour. It also sent out heat advisories across eastern South Korean provinces.
These intense precipitation events around the world are increasing because of human-caused climate change. A warmer atmosphere is able to hold more moisture and produce heavier rainfall.
Joseph Hatfield, 36, a teacher in Seoul who recorded a video of the flooding in the city of Anyang in Gyeonggi province, south of Seoul, told The Post that he saw many people in first-floor units trying to remove water from their homes and businesses.
“The river floods after heavy rainfall, but I’ve never seen it this high before so it was quite alarming,” he said, adding that the levels rose gradually throughout the afternoon as it rained into the night.