South Korean rescuers pull out at least nine bodies from submerged tunnel

A ninth body was retrieved from a tunnel submerged by heavy rains in central South Korea on Sunday, as search and rescue teams rushed to locate people from some 15 vehicles believed to be trapped inside.

According to reports, many vehicles had been submerged at a flooded underpass in Cheongju City on Saturday.

As of Sunday morning, Yonhap News Agency said nine were dead in the tunnel.

At least 33 people have been killed in the days of torrential rains that have pounded the country causing floods and landslides, across the country, with evacuation covering 7,540 people.

Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, now on an overseas trip, ordered Prime Minister Han Duck-soo to mobilize all available resources to minimize the casualties, his office said, as more heavy rain was expected on the Korean peninsula on Sunday.