BUSAN, South Korea — Busan’s late summer heat, coupled with a lack of rain, is causing a severe fall drought for the city. According to the Busan weather agency, the amount of rainfall in Busan in September, is about 19.2 millimeters, which was about 5.3% of the 356 millimeters in the same period last year.
On September 7th, Busan recorded 16 millimeters of rainfall. Five days during this month, Busan recorded rainfall less than two millimeters.
September’s average temperature in Busan was 23.9 degrees, which was 1.7 degrees higher than the 22.2 degree average during September of last year.
Additionally, a recent survey shows that 24,000 trees in downtown Busan withered this summer because of the record-breaking heat waves and drought.
An official with the city said the number of street trees and trees in forestation zones around the roadside damaged by continuing heat waves and drought in July and August was up to 24,055 trees, or 0.31 percent of total trees.
Among them, there were 492 tall trees including street trees, and 22,563 shrubs.
The survey showed trees of the median strip and under high level road were directly affected by the heat of asphalt over 50 degrees were damaged.
The city has plans to plant 15,370 trees, including 434 tall trees by next month by investing 567 million won, including 400 million won at the cities’ expense.
Source: Busan eFM News