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Defense chief urges thorough preparations for Typhoon Bavi, readiness posture

Defense 18:05 August 24, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo called for thorough preparations Monday to prevent possible damage to military personnel and facilities by the approaching Typhoon Bavi, his office said.

South Korea is bracing for Typhoon Bavi, which is feared to be one of the strongest to affect the peninsula in years. It is advancing toward the Korean Peninsula, packing strong winds and heavy precipitation, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

The typhoon is forecast to reach the southern resort island of Jeju early Wednesday and move along the Yellow Sea to reach near the capital city of Seoul the following day, it added.

Minister Jeong presided over an emergency meeting involving military leaders and ordered the evacuation of service members stationed in vulnerable regions and appropriate steps to minimize possible damage to military assets such as ships and aircraft, the defense ministry said in a release.

"Each unit leader should also come up with thorough measures to prevent possible loopholes in their guard operations," Jeong stressed.

South Korea has been struggling to recover from huge damage by heavy downpours during the unusually lengthy monsoon season earlier this month.

Engineering soldiers build a makeshift bridge on a flood-damaged bridge over a stream in Inje, a town in South Korea's northeast province of Gangwon, on Aug. 12, 2020, after residents living across the stream were stranded for a week following heavy rain in the region. (Yonhap)
Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo presides over an emergency meeting of military leaders in Seoul on Aug. 24, 2020, to discuss safety steps against the approaching Typhoon Bavi, in this photo provided by his office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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