Soldiers on Tuesday clean up a landslide that occurred at a vacation resort in Yongin, Gyeonggi, due to heavy rains.
Fourteen people were killed and more than 1,000 people forced from their homes as 42 consecutive days of rain - South Korea's longest monsoon in seven years - triggered floods and landslides, authorities said on Tuesday.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) spokeswoman said: 'The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul are aware of the deaths of three New Zealanders in a landslide near Seoul and are providing consular assistance. Anseong, which received a record 401 millimeters (24.5 inches) of rain since Saturday, was hit hardest, experiencing around 40 landslides over four days that left more than 50 houses under water and fields in ruin.
A total of 1,025 people from 629 households fled their homes.
Of the local infections, six were reported from central North Chungcheong Province.
One more solider tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in connection to a military unit in Pocheon, some 45 kilometers north of Seoul, to 22, the KCDC said.
"This flooding will have a negative impact for North Korea's food supply", he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to speak to the media on the matter. This photograph was taken in 2016, when the North made a similar move after heavy rains that year.
"The interior of South Korea is very hilly, very mountainous, and since the weekend we've had this torrential rain that have been causing flash floods and mud slides", he said.
South Korea has reported 14,456 coronavirus cases, including 33 new cases as of midnight on Tuesday, with 302 deaths. But the lack of inter-Korean cooperation in regards to natural disasters owing to "a political and military standoff" is an "unfortunate thing", the official said, adding Seoul would move to foster collaboration in the field of disaster response once peninsular ties were restored.