South Korea is preparing for the arrival of Typhoon Jangmi, the fifth of the season, which begins this Monday after recent heavy rains in the past few hours have claimed at least 30 deaths and more than 6,000 people.
At least 30 people have died in South Korea since Aug. 1 from floods and land shifts caused by the country’s heavy rains, though the number could rise while awaiting the whereabouts of more than a dozen people.
According to the National Center for Disaster Management, quoted by the South Korean official news agency Yonhap, more than 5,900 people from 11 provinces and cities have fled their homes, 4,600 of whom are in temporary shelters.
The rains have damaged more than 9,400 public and private facilities, according to official estimates, while meteorologists have warned that precipitation in the country’s central regions will continue from Monday with the arrival of a new typhoon in the south of the Korean peninsula.
The state meteorological agency has stated that the tropical storm is likely to hit the port city of Busan, about 325 kilometers southeast of Seoul, at around 3:00 p.m. on Monday (local time) and has asked the population to extreme precautionary measures against the more than foreseeable new floods .