South Korean army soldiers work on a muddy riverbank to rebuild a bridge cut off by flash floods which swept away some 100 vacationers. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Floods and landslides have killed at least 75 people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit South Korea and 22 people were missing. The National Disaster Prevention Counter-Measures Headquarters said most of the victims had been camping in southern mountains where up to 36 cm of rain fell. Most of the missing were believed to be dead. Some 42,000 people from military and civilian agencies had joined the search and rescue operations. The mountain streams whose banks made such inviting campgrounds turned into killer cataracts under the weekend deluge. Campers were being rescued with ropes and pulleys across raging streams while rescuers on rope harnesses dangling from helicopters winched up survivors. South Koreans traditionally flock to southern mountain resorts at the height of the country’s vacation season.

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