South Korea floods, landslides kill 14
Fourteen people were killed and more than 1,000 people forced from their homes as 42 consecutive days of rain, South Korea’s longest monsoon in seven years, triggered floods and landslides, authorities said on Tuesday.
Heavy rain, which has also battered China, Thailand, Myanmar and India in recent days, inundated farmland and flooded parts of major highways and bridges in the capital, Seoul. The victims included three New Zealanders from the same family, who were found dead on Monday after a landslide hit vacation cottages in Gapyeong country, northeast of Seoul.
The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea identified the victims as the organization’s director, Anna Song, her young son, and her mother, Rose Kim. Song had been involved in “all activities to promote the New Zealand and Korea relationship”, the Chamber said in a statement.
The New Zealand foreign ministry said it was aware of the deaths and was providing consular assistance. It did not elaborate…
‘A critical situation’: Bangladesh in crisis as monsoon floods follow super-cyclone
Bangladesh could be plunged into a humanitarian crisis as it undergoes the most prolonged monsoon flooding in decades while it is still recovering from the effects of super-cyclone Amphan.
Despite the UN has lauding its new initiatives for early intervention aimed at preparing communities for crisis, 550 people have been killed and 9.6 million affected by the disaster in Bangladesh, Nepal and north-eastern India, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Bangladesh’s ministry for natural disasters has estimated that a third of the country is already underwater, with heavy rains set to continue until the end of July. The UN has estimated that this flooding could be the most protracted since 1988.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, executive director of the Bangladeshi NGO Coast, said the country was far more prepared for flooding than in the past, but that populations in flooded areas might end up in dire need because of a combination of existing localised and national crises….