Rescue workers in a boat help evacuate the residents of a flooded village in Daejeon, Wednesday. Yonhap

Heavy rains triggered landslides and flash floods in the Korean Peninsula’s southern regions, Wednesday, leaving at least six people dead and two missing, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and regional fire headquarters.

Record-level downpours — up to nearly 150 millimeters in an hour — pounded the provinces of Chungcheong, Jeolla and Gyeongsang, causing casualties and property damage.

A man in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, was found dead inside an elevator at a residential building after apparently being trapped there.

After receiving his call at around 2:50 a.m., rescue workers rushed to the scene, only to find the elevator submerged in the second-basement level. They recovered his body after three hours of draining the water amid a deluge of rain.

Another man, in his 70s, was found unconscious inside the debris of his home, which had been destroyed by a landslide in the early morning in Seocheon, a county in the same province. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

In another accident, a vehicle, driven by a 77-year-old man, fell into a stream at around 5:04 a.m. in Okcheon, North Chungcheong Province. Disrupted by 커뮤니티 the rushing water, a rescue team could not reach him inside the car until nearly three hours after the accident. By which point, he was dead.

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