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    Korea Flooding Rain Threat Looms

    By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist
    July 13, 2011, 3:38:16 PM EDT

    Torrential rain will threaten to cause flooding in the Korean Peninsula this week.

    Any flooding would come on the heels of recent torrential rain that has triggered flooding in areas of South Korea as of Monday.


    Through at least Thursday, heavy to torrential rain will fall in frequent bursts in northern and western South Korea along with much of North Korea. Rainfall of 6 to 12 inches will happen in areas of persistent downpour and amounts to at least 20 inches will be possible by the end of the week.

    Hazards will include urban flash flooding, stream and river flooding and flooding of cropland.

    Borders will not confine the threat, as nearby China will also be at risk of excessive rainfall and flooding. Specifically, the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Shandong will get outbursts of torrential, potentially flooding, rain during the week.

    Meanwhile, at least 12 people have died in South Korea as of Monday following torrential rain and flooding, according to the Korea Times, which also reported more than 350 flooded homes.

    "Most of the victims were crushed to death by landslides," the Times said.

    Flooding of farmland amounted to more than 31,000 hectares (76,600 acres).

    Rainfall has reached about 15 inches within two days ended Monday in the western city of Kunsan, according to the AccuWeather,com database. Late last week, more than 19 inches of rain doused Suncheon, in the far southwest. Another weekend fall dumped nearly 13 inches on Jinju within 24 hours.

    According to the Times, the local weather agency said that rainy season rainfall in Seoul, as of Monday, was 560 mm (22.05 inches), or about four times the average amount. The rainy season starts June 22.

    Data accessed by AccuWeather.com show 21.46 inches of rainfall in Seoul since June 22. Typhoon Meari help to swell this amount when it struck the Korean Peninsula at the end of June.

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