South Korea: torrential rains kill 15; 23 missing

Since Friday, as much as 50 centimeters of rain has fallen in Gangwon province on the country's east coast, the hardest-hit area, the National Emergency Management Agency said. The Korea Meteorological Administration warned of more heavy rains nationwide through Thursday as a seasonal rain front moved southward.

Gangwon and the capital, Seoul, and Seoul's surrounding area were put on orange alert - the second-highest of four alert levels - while a yellow alert, one notch below orange, was issued for the rest of the country, according to the AP.

Landslides and flash floods killed 15 people over the weekend and left another 23 missing, according to the emergency agency. Heavy rains flooded some 1,300 homes across the nation, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee, it said.

Some 500 people remain isolated in Gangwon, seeking refuge in temporary shelters, with major roads inaccessible because of flooding, the agency said.

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