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Gov't to strengthen guidelines for landslide safety

All Headlines 15:28 July 28, 2011

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- Following the record-breaking rainfall that caused a number of deadly landslides across central South Korea, the government said Thursday it will strengthen guidelines for mountains and steep slopes vulnerable to intensive downpours to prevent the recurrence of fatal accidents.

The heaviest torrential rain in a century has pounded Seoul and other parts of the nation since Tuesday, leaving 53 dead or missing and triggering multiple landslides, according to the home ministry. At least 16 people were killed in a southern Seoul landslide on Wednesday, while a Gangwon Province landslide claimed the lives of 13 student volunteers and vacationers.

"The government will revise the current anti-disaster guidelines to reflect unusual weather conditions to minimize flood damage in areas prone to heavy rain and make the utmost effort to restore the damage," vice home minister Kim Nam-seok said in a policy consultation meeting with the ruling Grand National Party.

Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said the government will provide aid to downpour and landslide victims with emergency funds and prepare an emergency response system to minimize damage from extraordinary weather conditions.

Lawmakers of the parliamentary committee on public safety and administration visited the flood-stricken regions in southern Seoul to gauge the extent of the damage and discuss measures to compensate the flood victims, according to officials.

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