Seoul, South Korea Faces Water Shortage Drought

kpride, June 10, 2015, 8:35 a.m.

Korea has been suffering from dry conditions since early spring with precipitation levels at 60 to 70 percent below previous years. The Korea Water Resources Corporation on Tuesday warned that the water level in the Soyang River Dam in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province will fall to a record low unless it rains heavily within the next 10 days.


If the drought continues, water supplies in the Seoul metropolitan area could be threatened.The area around the Soyang dam saw 28 mm of rainfall in May, far below the month's average of 84.1 mm in other years. To make matters worse, the rainy season will likely start in July, later than previous years. Dry conditions will likely continue for the time being, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

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