Rains, Mudslides Kill 38, Cause Havoc in S. Korea
Officials say rains could be biggest in a century
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Heavy rains caused flash floods and mudslides around South Korea today, killing at least 38 people, reports the Korea Herald. Ten students were killed when a wall of mud buried the resort cabin they were staying in about 68 miles east of Seoul; 24 others in the town were injured. Another 16 people were killed in a landslide in southern Seoul. Floods also closed subway stations (TV images showed people in one flooded station using shovels, brooms, and a wooden board in an effort to keep more rain from coming in) and at least 23 major roads in Seoul.

Officials said that 17 inches of rain have fallen in the last two days, with another 10 inches expected through Friday, reports the AP. So far in June and July, Korea's rainy season, the country has received more than 51 inches of rain, which is on track to be a record.

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