Monsoon rains drenched the Korean peninsula after the worst drought in a century drove up vegetable prices in the south while threatening crop production in the north.
The rains began in the late afternoon yesterday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. Seoul, South Korea’s capital, recorded 62 millimeters (2.4 inches) of rain as of 10 a.m., while parts of North Korea will get more than 20 millimeters per hour, show estimates posted on the agency’s website.
South Korea has spent $43 million to bring water to areas affected by the dry weather this month, with a further $60 million planned for drought mitigation, according to the agriculture ministry. About 4,900 hectares (12,100 acres) of farmland are affected, mostly in the western part of South Korea, according to the government.