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Typhoon Chaba disrupts industrial plants

All Headlines 15:46 October 05, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co.'s automaking plant and other industrial facilities in a typhoon-hit region were briefly suspended on Wednesday, but serious damage was not reported, industry sources said.

Heavy rainstorms struck the resort island of Jeju as well as other major cities in southern South Korea earlier in the day as Typhoon Chaba approached the Korean Peninsula.

Typhoon Chaba, packing winds of up to 56.5 meters per second in some areas, is set to head towards Japan through the East Sea.

Some production lines at Hyundai Motor's plant in Ulsan, 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul, were suspended briefly earlier in the day due to flooding.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a major shipyard, also suspended operations on the southern island of Geoje due to a blackout caused by the typhoon.

"There was no serious damage reported, but operations are not going smoothly," said a company official.

Major petrochemical plants in Ulsan flooded, but the facilities did not have any serious damage.

Hyundai Motor Co.'s plant in Ulsan is flooded as Typhoon Chaba hit the southern part of the country on Oct. 5, 2016. (Courtesy of the Ulsan branch of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union)

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