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  • Need for Flood Prevention Measures
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 205]

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    Last night, the wind blew fiercely. Were you all safe? While proceeding with the schedule at the Onsite Mayor’s Office in Dongdaemun-gu today, I was concerned about the status of Seoulites. As luck would have it, no large-scale damage has been reported. I don’t think I can get my worries over the safety of the people out of my head throughout the summer.

    Given the forecast of concentrated downpour today, we at Seoul Metropolitan Government declared a state of emergency. A complete survey of rainwater facilities was carried out, particularly in areas chronically affected by flood including Sadang and Gangnam.

    Recently, the country’s weather has become similar to that of subtropical regions. Concentrated downpour continues to occur here and there. There is much difference in precipitation between areas in Seoul. On June 21, for example, Gangdong-gu recorded more than 40mm in precipitation for 20 minutes, whereas it did not rain at all in other areas in Seoul. On June 25, it rained only in Gangdong, Gwangjin, Jungnang, and Nowon.

    We at Seoul Metropolitan Government strive to cope with such change in weather to reduce flood damage as much as possible, particularly in areas chronically affected by flood.

    Under this kind of weather conditions, everyone should cooperate. The covers of rainwater drainage should be taken off. Those living close to streams should be ready to put a water break board to prevent flood damage. If you don’t have one, please call the nearest resident center so that they may provide one.

    Reducing the amount of household wastewater is one way of minimizing flood damage. Please check whether the drainage facilities near you are blocked by waste or something.

    We should work together to minimize flood damage. Please be sure to remember the following action guidelines against flood:

    Action guidelines against flood (http://hongsu.seoul.go.kr/)
    1. Listen to weather forecasts attentively.
    2. Refrain from going outside. Use public transportation if possible.
    3. Be ready to put water break boards.
    4. Remove covers and waste that blocks rainwater from flowing into drainage facilities.
    5. Reduce the amount of household wastewater.
    6. Avoid going to or near streams.
    7. Be ready to escape to a safe place. Call 119 or 120 (Seoul Call Center, Dasan 120) when you need help.
    ※ When reporting through smart phone, use the mobile app “Simin Bulpyeon Salpimi.”
    ※ Please use the Internet (http://gis.seoul.go.kr/) when reporting an emergency.