Emergency assistance amounting to 6.7 billion won ($5.1 million) will be provided to areas severely damaged by the torrential rains that hit central regions such as Seoul and Gyeonggi, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced Friday.
Heavy rains battered southern Gyeonggi, North and South Chungcheong and Gangwon overnight Wednesday, leading to extensive flood damage and at least 11 deaths across the nation.
The death count due to record heavy rains across central regions of the Korean peninsula stood at 11 as of Thursday morning, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.
People were killed or went missing in Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi province as flash floods unleashed by unprecedented rain wreaked havoc.
Casualties were reported Tuesday morning as heavy rain poured across the greater Seoul area throughout Monday evening, with eight deaths and six people missing. A total of 163 people were evacuated from their homes.
Roads, railways, cars and houses across the Seoul metropolitan area and Gangwon were inundated Monday as heavy rains pounded the region.
Five people died and more than 30 remain trapped in a hospital in Icheon, Gyeonggi as of noon Friday after it caught fire at around 10:20 a.m. Many people have been reported seriously injured.
A civil servant who was questioned by the police about the alleged misuse of government-issued corporate cards by Kim Hye-kyung, wife of Democratic Party (DP) lawmaker Lee Jae-myung, was found dead in his home on Tuesday.
Four bodies suspected of originating in North Korea have washed up in rivers in Gyeonggi this past month, raising questions about how and why they ended up dead in the South.
Torrential rain pounded the capital and central regions on Thursday, with roads inundated and damage reported across the country.