The flooding of homes, businesses and subway stations during some of the heaviest rainfalls in decades in South Korea’s capital Seoul has been likened to the disastrous deluge depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Parasite.
Like ‘Parasite’ – Floods lay bare social disparity in South Korea
Using a plastic bowl, Ha In-sik bailed water out of his lower ground apartment in the low-income housing district of Sillim in southwestern Seoul on Wednesday, where flooding caused by torrential rain forced his family to sleep at a nearby park.
The 50-year-old man, along with his wife and daughter had collected home appliances, furniture, books and even cutlery, and put them outside to see what was salvageable.
The scene bore uncomfortable similarities with the sewage-flooded semi-basement flat depicted in the 2020 Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite, that was a tale of growing social disparity in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
The floods have caused inconvenience and monetary losses in the wealthier parts of the capital, like the glitzy Gangnam neighbourhood a few miles away.