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After a month of heavy rain saturated mountainsides, a fresh deluge sent landslides sweeping into Seoul last week, killing 59 people. Ten were still reported missing. In a strange compounding of the misery, the landslides and flash flooding washed away landmines buried near an air defense unit in Seoul. Soldiers were searching for those landmines as well as North Korean landmines washed away near the border. A total of 76 landslides of different severity struck after the most intense rainstorm in Korea in the last century. Ten university students lost their lives while volunteering at a summer camp for kids when a landslide struck in Chuncheon. "If it keeps raining like this, no country in the world can endure this," South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said. -- Lane Turner


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Amazing and sad photos of the heavy flooding and damage in Seoul, Korea

A rescue worker checks a block of flats after a landslide hit the apartment building in Seoul on July 27, 2011. (Jang Seung-Yoon/AFP/Getty Images) 

Cars are submerged by floodwaters after heavy rains hit the Seoul region on July 27, 2011. (Yang Hoe-Seong/AFP/Getty Images)

Damaged cars pile up after a landslide and heavy rainfall in Seoul July 27, 2011. Wild weather has battered the peninsula, causing widespread flooding and transport delays, while the share price of insurers fell on fears that damage costs would run into millions of dollars. (Park Mun-ho/Newsis/Reuters)

Policemen try to move a trapped car on a flooded motorway during heavy rainfall in Seoul July 27, 2011. (Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters)

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