Typhoon Haishen threatens South Korea after battering Japan

Seoul/Tokyo, September 7

South Korea hunkered down as Typhoon Haishen arrived on the shores of its southern peninsula on Monday, after the highly effective storm battered Japan’s southern islands however appeared to go by means of with out main harm or casualties.

The storm, carrying high sustained winds of as much as 126 km (78 miles) per hour, was headed north from a southern metropolis of Ulsan, after touchdown on a close-by shore on Monday morning, South Korea’s climate company stated.

High winds have already minimize energy to nearly 5,000 households within the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, together with the resort island of Jeju, which has reported greater than 473 mm (19 inches) of rainfall since Saturday.

Officials have evacuated nearly 1,000 folks, whereas greater than 300 flights throughout 10 airports, together with Jeju International Airport, have been cancelled. Entries to nationwide parks and a few nationwide practice companies have been suspended, the nation’s security ministry added.

In Japan, round 440,000 properties within the southwestern Kyushu area remained with out energy on Monday morning after the storm handed by means of, public broadcaster NHK reported. It added that 32 folks had been injured, together with a girl who fell down a flight of stairs at the hours of darkness and 4 individuals who sustained cuts after the glass home windows of an evacuation centre had been blown in.

Almost 2 million folks had been ordered to evacuate the area, which was nonetheless recovering from heavy rains and flooding in July that killed 83 folks.

Typhoon Haishen comes simply days after Typhoon Maysak smashed into the Korean peninsula, leaving at the very least two useless and hundreds with out energy.

North Korea, which bore the brunt of each Maysak and Typhoon Bavi per week earlier, can be in Haishen’s trajectory with the storm anticipated to attract close to the port metropolis of Chongjin late Monday.

Live footage on state TV, a rarity that has now been broadcast for 3 weeks, confirmed timber shaking and waves rising in Tongchon county in Gangwon province bordering the South. The state broadcaster reported that every one Tongchon residents had been evacuated.

North Korea’s agriculture sector is especially weak to extreme climate, and this summer season’s storms and floods have raised issues over the nation’s tenuous meals state of affairs.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un on Saturday toured coastal areas hit by Maysak, and ordered occasion members to affix the restoration effort. Reuters

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