SEOUL, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Days of heavy rain have forced the evacuation of nearly 12,000 people, and is blamed for at least one death in South Korea, officials said Thursday.
The downpour took the country by surprise when over 11 inches fell as millions of people were heading home for Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.
Forecasters did not anticipate the 11 inches of rain that clobbered Seoul Tuesday, and most areas nearby received more than seven inches, the report said.
One fisherman was found dead and at least one other person was injured when an apartment wall collapsed.
The rain damaged about 15,000 homes, but electricity has been restored to almost 3,000 homes, officials said.
Those affected by the storm received cash payments from local government to help with living expenses, Yonhap said.
It was the Seoul's heaviest September rain since weather record keeping began in 1908.