Disasters & Accidents

1 dead as Typhoon Maysak causes flooding and damages in both Koreas

Seoul, Sep 3 (efe-epa).- Typhoon Maysak caused havoc Thursday as it passed through South Korea, where it left at least one dead, numerous internal flights canceled and power outages, while in the North it caused floods and other material damage.

The Maysak, coming from the Sea of ??Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas), reached the southeastern coast of South Korea today and continued moving northward through much of the peninsula, leaving in its wake torrential rainfall and gusts wind speeds of up to 140 kph.

One of the most affected cities was Busan, where a woman died from injuries caused by a window breaking in her house due to gusts of wind, state agency Yonhap reported.

Some 2,200 people were evacuated from their homes in different towns in the south and east of the country, while material damage was recorded in some 800 public facilities, private properties or vehicles, according to data from the South Korean disaster prevention center.

The meteorological phenomenon also forced the temporary suspension of the Shin-Kori 4 nuclear reactor, which together with other interruptions to the electricity supply, left more than 200,000 homes without electricity.

About 100 domestic flights were canceled and disruptions to air traffic in South Korea is expected to continue while strong winds and torrential rains continue throughout the day.

North Korean state media reported on the heavy rainfall and flooding Maysak is causing on the country’s west coast.

North Korean state broadcaster has been offering news bulletins since Wednesday to report on the evolution of the typhoon, and on Thursday showed images of the floods registered in the city of Wonsan.

In this town, 132 millimeters of rainfall were recorded in three hours, which caused streets and buildings to be flooded, according to the state media.

The North Korean regime, despite its usual lack of transparency, already reported the floods caused by the passage of Typhoon Bavi last week, and said the insistent rains registered this summer caused damage to agricultural land, houses and infrastructure, although without. EFE-EPA


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