Seven of nine people trapped in a flooded parking lot in Pohang, South Korea, die

South Korean authorities announced Wednesday the death of seven of the nine people who had been trapped in a subway garage in the city of Pohang because of heavy rains that is originating in the southeast of the country typhoon ‘Hinnamnor’.

The nine people had been trapped in the subway parking garage of an apartment complex in Pohang, 270 kilometers southeast of Seoul, after going to the site to pick up their cars amid torrential rains caused by the typhoon, Yonhap news agency reported.

Rescuers have conducted a search of the flooded parking lot and pulled nine people from the water, only two of whom were found alive.

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The two survivors — a 39-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman — were rescued between 8:15 p.m. local time Tuesday and 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. The survivors are in relatively good health, the agency has learned.

The other seven were initially rescued in a state of cardiac arrest, although they have subsequently been pronounced dead.

This Wednesday morning, rescuers are conducting an operation to drain the parking lot to search for any remaining victims, but it is unlikely that any more survivors will be found.

Pohang is bearing the brunt of the super typhoon that is making its way through the southern part of the country, flooding roads and buildings and triggering landslides.

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The latest report tallies a total of 10 dead and two missing, according to the Disaster Countermeasures and Security Headquarters. Three injuries have also been reported.

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