In the statement made by the Central Disaster and Security Measures Headquarters in South Korea, the death toll increased to 37 in floods and landslides due to heavy rains, while more than 10 people were reported missing.
While a total of 7,866 people were evacuated in 13 provinces in the country, 20 thousand hectares of agricultural land were flooded and 561 thousand animals perished.
216 roads were closed to traffic due to heavy rains, while 273 public and private property damage was reported across the country.
On Saturday night, floodwaters from an erupting riverbank poured into the underpass, quickly leaving people in their cars and passengers in a bus.
Authorities have not yet disclosed how many people are trapped in the 685-metre tunnel, but they said there were 15 vehicles.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defense announced that 472 military personnel and 69 government equipment were sent for disaster-fighting operations.
In South Korea, 14 people died due to heavy rains in August last year, and 48 people died in 2020 due to floods and landslides across the country.