Seoul to phase out underground apartments after flooding deaths

South Korea’s capital Seoul is planning to phase out underground and semi-underground apartments, after heavy flooding killed 11 people. City officials said landlords will be given 10 to 20 years to remove these structures from existing buildings. At least four people drowned in such dwellings, after South Korea saw some of its heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years. Among them were three family members, who died after being trapped in their semi-basement home near the affluent Gangnam area. It’s estimated that about 200,000 basement homes were in existence in 2020.

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