Thursday, 28 July 2011

Here Comes the Flood...

I realise I haven't updated for nearly a week. I've been super busy at work, and just haven't had the time. Also, I've felt really that I haven't had much to say.


We've had terrible weather here in Seoul. It is shocking. We've had 6 months of rain in 4 days apparently. There have been landslides and accidents and around 40 people have died. This is small, considering this is a city of 10 million people, and nothing compared to the deaths that occur yearly in other parts of the world during rainy season, but Seoul is a developed city, more technologically advanced and organised than London. If 40 people died because of flooding in London, people would be shocked. There was also a really sad incident about an hour away where a group of university students went to help clear up after flooding, and their cabin was buried in a landslide. Most of them died.


I managed to take these pictures from the bus on the way home this evening.




This is usually a park. The white triangles in the second picture are the roofs of shelters. It's crazy.

If you want to see more of the flooded river, have a look at this webcam. The bridge in it has a lower deck for buses, bikes and walkers. It's under 14 metres of water. 



These are screen captures of a webcam, so the quality is awful, but you can see how high the river is. The building is a floating conference centre that was built for the G20 last year (though they weren't finished in time, because of bad weather!)

It stopped raining for most of the afternoon today, but it's started again now and it's forecast for more over the weekend.

*Sigh*

9 comments:

luckyme said...

My goodness...so scary. Thank you for sharing the photos. 40 lives lost is shocking and more rain coming?... Stay safe!x

Michele said...

Wow, that is a lot of rain! Hope it's all ok for the people you know and that it clears up a bit.

Mrs. E said...

Wow. I'd heard from friends that the rain was bad, but those pictures are shocking! (They also made me a little homesick...not the flooding part though, obviously!) I hope you stay safe and dry.

Lora said...

Wow- that is crazy and shocking. I am glad you are ok and I hope everyone you know is ok.

Sara said...

Wow. That's heartbreaking. Is that the park along the Han? Just wow. I hope things dry up soon.

Kat said...

Thanks ladies. Sara - yes, it is the park along the Han. It's so nice now there (not right now, but...) so now the city have to pay to clean it up, again. It's already flooded once this year.

Things are a little scary but more annoying.

Red Power Ranger said...

Seeing these shots is emotional. Alot of Aussies lives were lost in the terrible floods in Queensland. Its just devastating and hard to imagine unless you see it with your own eyes. Hope you are doing ok..

knitting vixen said...

How awful. I hope no-one else gets hurt.

C said...

We've been following on the news! So scary! Please stay safe, and dry.