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Rain to continue in S. Korea on Tuesday; 'level 3' warning in operation to prevent damage Updated: 2022-08-09 17:07:57 KST

We start with heavy rainfall battering the county tonight.
Chaos overnight as roads, homes and businesses were flooded and cars were abandoned on the street.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has issued a "level 3" warning to prevent further damage.
For more, Arirang's Lee Shi-hoo joins us live with the latest.
Shi-hoo?

Hello Jung-min, I'm out here on the road leading up to Jamsu Bridge located in central Seoul.
Now, the bridge has been closed off due to heavy downpours overnight and during the day today.
As you can see behind me, the bridge was closed because the Hangang River have risen by eight and a half meters.
This is the second time the bridge has been closed off this summer.
The rain is still pouring right now, and it's getting heavier as the time goes on.

During the day today, rain was falling at 20 to 30 milimeters per hour on average in the capital region.
Seoul saw lighter rain while to the south in Gyeonggi-do Province, regions like Suwon, Osan, and Pyeongtaek saw a bit more.
As I mentioned earlier, starting in the evening, it's been getting heavier, with rain more like what we saw last night.
Tonight, around 100 to 200 millimeters of rain will fall in the capital region and Gangwon-do province, but some areas could even see up to 300 millimeters.
About 100 to 200 milimeters of rain will also fall in the rest of central region and Gyeongsangbuk-do province.
But the amount of rainfall, that will continue until Thursday, will vary drastically by region.

Shi-hoo, this rain has caused major disruptions to transportation. What's the road situation like?

Parts of the Olympic Boulevard and the Naebu Expressway have been blocked, though some parts have been unblocked during the day.
Parts of Banpo-daero and Sapyoung-daero that were submerged earlier have now been drained, but some submerged cars are blocking passage in certain areas.
Areas near Gangnam Station have also been submerged.
And 51 routes of the Seoul City bus system are having to bypass the blocked or submerged areas.
The swimming pools at Hangang Parks have also been closed off and will remain closed until the weather improves.

To minimize the damage, the authorities are advising people to stay away from streams and rivers that are prone to flooding.
They should also refrain from visiting mountainous regions where there is a risk of landslides.
Also, those going out should use public transportation rather than driving.
That's all I have for now, back to you Jungmin.
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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