Typhoon Hinnamnor rattles South Korea as country battles power outages


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A man walks along a damaged road in Gyeongju on Tuesday as Typhoon Hinnamnor hit South Korea's southern provinces. (Photo: AFP)

Early on Tuesday morning, typhoon Hinnamnor made landfall in South Korea, causing power outages and leaving one person missing, but there were few early reports of significant damage as it moved back out to sea.

The typhoon, one of the worst to strike the country in decades, hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before landfall in the port city of Busan, which was hammered by enormous waves and heavy rain, causing damage to coastal roads and shops.

According to the officials, the typhoon traveled at 43 meters per second when it made landfall.

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters reported that a 25-year-old man is missing after falling into a flooded creek in the eastern coastal city of Ulsan.

As a precaution, authorities stopped more than 600 schools statewide, and local airlines canceled almost 250 domestic flights, but services were gradually restored as Hinnamnor procetowardwards Japan on Tuesday.

According to official state media, North Korea has also been preparing for the storm, with leader Kim Jong-un presiding over a Tuesday conference in Pyongyang to examine the country's catastrophe preparedness.

Due to deforestation and inadequate irrigation, North Korea is particularly susceptible to flooding and excessive rainfall, according to experts.

Authorities said that as of Tuesday morning, 3,463 individuals had been rescued, primarily from the southern regions.

The typhoon has forced businesses and schools to cease operations.

According to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering spokesman, there have been no problems at the shipyard. As scheduled, the company ceased production on Tuesday morning.

Hyundai Heavy Industries stated that construction would restart on Tuesday afternoon. Both shipyards are located within or close to the path of the typhoon.

Publish : 2022-09-06 12:06:00

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