Entries in Landslides (3)


Landslides Kill More than 20 in South Korea

Ryan McVay/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Landslides triggered by torrential rains over the past two days have killed at least 22 people in South Korea, emergency officials said Wednesday.

The Korea Herald reports Chuncheon as being the hardest hit, with at least 13 people dying when several residential buildings were destroyed in a landslide.  At least 20 more were injured, four of them critically.

Emergency officials said most of the victims of the Chuncheon landslide were students from Incheon's Inha University who were doing volunteer work in the area. The cabin in which they were staying was reportedly engulfed by a raging river of mud, according to the Lethbridge Herald.

Over 50 miles away at the capital of Seoul, a separate landslide left at least nine people dead.

South Korea's disaster control agency said six people have been reported missing, according to The Korea Herald.

Search and rescue efforts are underway.

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Landslides at Malaysian Orphanage Leave at Least 16 Dead

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- At least 16 people were dead after landslides hit an orphanage in Malaysia on Saturday.

Officials say heavy rainfall is likely the cause of the landslides which occurred on Saturday afternoon at the orphanage located in the district of Hulu Langat. Twenty-four people were buried after the land gave way, however, only nine of them managed to make it out alive, according to published reports. Of those killed, the majority are said to be children.

The survivors were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment; however, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

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China Braces for Deadly Typhoon

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SUAO, Taiwan) -- South China could be hit next after Typhoon Megi swept over Taiwan this week, killing dozens of people, leaving more missing and triggering landslides that have now killed three.

Buses carrying tourists are missing and searches are underway throughout Taiwan. The devastation began earlier in the week, on Monday, when the storm rolled over the Phillipines, leaving 200,000 people homeless.  Heavy rains from the storm caused severe floods in Viet Nam, killing scores of people.  In south China's Fujian province, flights are cancelled, 100,000 people have left their low-lying homes and fishing boats are recalled to port. 

The storm is said to be the worst in many years.  It is gathering strength.

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