Flood Aftermath: No More Semi-Basements in Seoul

In August, Seoul, South Korea experienced the worst storm to lash the capital in more than a century. The Seoul Metropolitan Government phased out the use of semi-basements as dwellings after families living in semi-basement flats were killed due to the torrential rains and flooding. Seoul and its surrounding cities experienced record-breaking rainfall for two straight days resulting in 10 death and 8 missings. Thousands of establishments, cars, and farmlands were also waterlogged and mud-covered. The city would no longer issue new permits for basement or semi-basement residential and would…

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