Seven people in South Korea have died after being trapped in an underground car park during flooding caused by Typhoon Hinnamnor.
They had descended to move their cars but got caught by the incoming torrents, reports the BBC.
The crew said they rescued two people, who survived by hanging on to ceiling pipes for more than 12 hours.
Typhoon Hinnamnor, the strongest cyclonic storm of the year so far, hit South Korea earlier this week.
Rescuers had to traverse meters of brown water to enter the almost completely submerged basement on Tuesday night.
According to the Yonhap news site, the nine people resided in an apartment building that the management office had asked earlier Tuesday morning to remove their cars from the parking lot.
The survivors – a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s – are said to be in stable condition.
Pohang, the city where the tragedy occurred, suffered the worst damage across the country, President Yoon Suk-yeol said.
Yoon expressed his grief over the drownings, calling it a “catastrophe”.
“In Pohang, residents went to collect their vehicles…but suffered such a disaster, I couldn’t sleep at night as president,” he said.
He added that the town had been designated as a special disaster area and said he would visit the area later on Wednesday.
At least 10 people have died as a result of Typhoon Hinnamnor, which swept across the southern and eastern coasts of South Korea on Monday and Tuesday, bringing huge waves, strong winds and heavy rain.
Several other southern cities – including Busan and Ulsan – are also struggling with damage from the storm, which tore down buildings, destroyed roads, flattened trees and other infrastructure.
South Korea – like many countries in East Asia – has suffered extreme rain and record temperatures in recent months.
In early August, it recorded massive downpours that flooded cities including the capital Seoul. These floods killed at least eight people, including three who lived in basement apartments.
The deaths prompted the Korean president to ban these units – known as banjiha, which were popularized in the Oscar-winning film Parasite.