A man walks past an unscrewed security grill for a basement flat known as ‘banjiha’ where three tenants, including a disabled woman and a teenager, died after they were trapped by floodwaters in their basement home in Seoul on August 11. Photo: AFP
A man walks past an unscrewed security grill for a basement flat known as ‘banjiha’ where three tenants, including a disabled woman and a teenager, died after they were trapped by floodwaters in their basement home in Seoul on August 11. Photo: AFP
South Korea

After flood deaths, will South Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol follow through on vow to ban ‘Parasite-style’ basement flats?

  • Seoul will immediately stop issuing permits for construction of such homes, known as ‘banjihas’, and aims to phase them out over 20 years
  • President Yoon Suk-yeol, Seoul authorities face mounting public pressure after a family of three drowned in their submerged underground flat

A man walks past an unscrewed security grill for a basement flat known as ‘banjiha’ where three tenants, including a disabled woman and a teenager, died after they were trapped by floodwaters in their basement home in Seoul on August 11. Photo: AFP
A man walks past an unscrewed security grill for a basement flat known as ‘banjiha’ where three tenants, including a disabled woman and a teenager, died after they were trapped by floodwaters in their basement home in Seoul on August 11. Photo: AFP
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