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Seoul sees heaviest daily downpour ever for July

SEOUL, July 29 — This week's downpours in Seoul have broken the capital city's record for most rainfall both in a single day and in a three-day period during the month of July, the state weather agency said Thursday.

A total of 301.5 millimeters of rain fell in Seoul on Wednesday, the most single-day rainfall in July since records began in 1907, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). The previous record was 296.4mm set on July 27, 1987.

In addition, the combined rainfall for three days from Tuesday in Seoul amounted to 536mm, the most for a three-day period in July since 1907, the KMA said.

On a yearly basis, Wednesday's precipitation in the capital will also go down as the third-largest single-day volume, said the KMA, which began tracking such data in 1907.

The heaviest rainfall in a century caused massive landslides, killing 16 people in a southern Seoul landslide alone. As of 1 p.m., Seoul had received a total of 530mm of rain since Tuesday, while an additional 150mm of rain is expected through Friday, the agency said.

The rain-triggered landslides also destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving 1,063 Seoul residents homeless. Flooding was reported in streets, subway stations, underground walkways and residential districts throughout the capital city and caused massive traffic jams and power outages, KMA officials said.

Seoul's surrounding areas also experienced record-breaking downpours on Wednesday, with Dongducheon of Gyeonggi Province, north of Seoul, receiving an all-time high of 449.5mm, the weather agency said. (PNA/Yonhap)

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