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Eight people dead in S. Korea's heaviest rainfall in 80 years

TOKYO, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- The heaviest rainfall in 80 years in South Korea has pounded Seoul and surrounding regions, leaving at least eight people dead and six others missing, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday.
The downpours also left many public facilities out of service Seoul, Incheon and elsewhere, and causing temporary suspension of services in sections of some railway and subway lines, according to the government. 391 people from 230 households in the capital area were left homeless and took shelter in schools and other public facilities.
Parts of Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Province that surrounds Seoul received heavy rains of over 100 millimeters per hour Monday night, the highest downpour per hour since 1942.
The Korea Meteorological Administration said up to 300 mm of more rain is forecast for the capital area through Thursday, it added. (end) mk.gta