South Korea Landslides Kill 32

09:41, July 28, 2011      

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Rescue workers work at the scene of a landslide in Chuncheon, Gangwon province, South Korea, July 27, 2011. A landslide caused by torrential rain crashed into a South Korean mountain resort east of Seoul early on Wednesday, destroying four buildings, including two small hotels. (Photo: Xinhua)


The death toll from deadly landslides in South Korea has now risen to 32.

Heavy rains are deluging homes and causing chaos across the north of the country.

A hotel in Seoul has collapsed, with at least 13 people killed, most of them university students doing volunteer work.

Another landslide has swept through small village near the capital.

"There are so many destroyed houses including my house, and loss of lives because it happened so suddenly. We feel so desperate and cannot imagine how we can recover," said a landslide victim.

Over 700 homes have been flooded in Seoul.

Around 500 rescue personell are now scowering through the mud and wreckage to look for survivors.

Forecasters say more heavy rain is likely in the coming days.


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