TORONTO – Residents climbed to higher ground and stood atop doorsteps as fast-flowing waters cascaded down hills in Busan, South Korea on Monday.
Women walked through waist-high waters past half-submerged cars on the streets, while cellphone video from inside a car showed the difficulty in navigating through a flooded parking garage.
At least five people were killed and several others missing in the rains, according to disaster officials cited by Yonhap News.
South Korea’s largest news agency said a record rain up to 130 millimetres per hour hit Busan and nearby areas, spurring landslides, suspending rail service and causing a temporary shutdown of a nuclear power plant.
About 80 kilometres from Busan in Changwon, a bus flipped out of control into a flooded stream, said Yonhap. A woman’s body was recovered and at least four other people are missing.