Today (5th) morning, an underground heat supply pipe burst in Sanggye-dong, Seoul, and a column of steam rose along with hot water.

In the cold weather below zero, hot water and heating supply to nearby apartments was cut off, and there is a reporter at the scene.

Reporter Bae Jun-woo, is the restoration work over?


The pipe repair work that was damaged in the morning has been completed.

After 5:00 PM, heating and hot water supply to the surrounding apartment complexes resumed, and as you can see, the work of restoring the dug-out road is underway.

It was around 8:30 this morning when the heat supply pipe in the Jugong Apartment Area in Sanggye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul was damaged.

A large amount of steam came out of the 300mm diameter pipe, covering the entire area, and the heat and hot water supply to about 18,600 households in 12 complexes around it was cut off.

This morning, the temperature in Seoul dropped to minus 7 degrees Celsius, and the cold weather continued until daytime, causing great inconvenience to the residents here.  

[Lee Eun-ha/Jumin: It's cold, so what is this for us?

There's something like a mini stove, you know?

I turned on the two lines and the heat wire.]

The Seoul Energy Corporation believes that the leak occurred when the old pipe burst in the cold.

Nowon-gu also considered a plan to rent accommodations and open a gym in the vicinity in preparation for a delay in recovery, but fortunately, the worst situation was avoided as the recovery work was completed to some extent before dark.

The damaged pipe was found to have been completed in 1996.

As frequent cold waves are expected in the future, thorough verification in other areas seems necessary. 

(Video coverage: Cho Chang-hyun, video editing: Jo Moo-hwan, screen courtesy: Seoul Energy Corporation Nowon-gu Office)