Park calls for thorough anti-flood measures

SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye made a visit to a flood-prone region in Seoul on Monday and ordered officials to make sure to take thorough anti-flooding precautions as damage from recent heavy downpours grew amid forecasts more rain would come.

Three people have been killed and nearly 200 others displaced in five days of heavy rains that battered mostly northern parts of South Korea, including Gyeonggi Province surrounding Seoul, according to the government's disaster management office.

Other damage included 89 homes being flooded or partly destroyed and 124.6 hectares of farmland being inundated. About 8,000 chicks were killed in a flooded chicken farm and a total of 436 tourists have been rescued from mountains and valleys, the office said.

Park made an unscripted visit to Hwagok-dong in western Seoul, one of Seoul's most vulnerable areas to flooding, checking on water pumps and other anti-flood facilities. She also visited the home of an elderly woman and promised to have the government take thorough preventive measures.

Park earlier visited the anti-disaster office and was briefed on the situation. She stressed the importance of preventive measures and early responses and ordered officials to provide flood-stricken citizens and farmers with aid that really helps, her office said.

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