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(5th LD) Back-to-back typhoons leave S. Korea's southeastern regions in tatters

All News 19:16 September 07, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES details on damages)

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- Typhoon Haishen escaped off the Korean Peninsula on Monday afternoon, ripping through the country's southern and eastern regions that had been reeling from the previous tropical storm.

The season's 10th typhoon pummeled South Korea with violent winds and heavy rainfall of up to 70 millimeters per hour, just days after Typhoon Maysak triggered flash floods and landslides and damaged buildings, bridges and glass windows in high-rise apartments.

Thousands of residents in low-lying areas took shelter, while flights, train services and passenger and fishing ships were all grounded. Tens of thousands temporarily lost power, and at least one person was reported missing after being swept away in flood waters.

In Gyeongju, two turbine generators at the Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant stopped operation due to power outage.

Work is under way to pump water out of an inundated street in the eastern port city of Gangneung on Sept. 7, 2020, as Typhoon Haishen brought heavy rains in the region. (Yonhap)
This photo, provided by the office of Yangyang county, Gangwon Province, shows part of a road destroyed due to Typhoon Haishen on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This photo, provided by a reader, shows the flooded Taehwa River in Ulsan, South Korea, on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This image, provided by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), shows Typhoon Haishen's path as of noon on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Haishen temporarily disrupted power supply to 75,237 houses nationwide, with around 34 percent of them still waiting for power to return.

One person was reported missing and five others were injured as of 4:30 p.m., while 124 had to flee their homes that were destroyed. More than 2,600 have been moved to shelters as a precautionary measure.

In Samcheok, Gangwon Province, a man in his 40s was reported missing at around 11:23 a.m. He was believed to have been swept away in a flooded waterway.

Five residents and a couple in their 70s were rescued by firefighters in Yangyang and Samcheok, both in Gangwon Province, respectively.

A body of a man in his 40s, whom coast guard officials said was suffering from personal issues, was found in seas at the southeastern port city of Busan. Police are looking into whether his death is related to the typhoon.

Typhoon Haishen brings strong winds in the port city of Busan on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)
A landslide caused by Typhoon Haishen hits a parking lot at an apartment on the southern island of Geoje on Sept. 7, 2020, in this photo provided by a reader. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In Ulsan where Haishen made landfall earlier in the day, the typhoon temporarily knocked out power at the assembly lines of Hyundai Motors, South Korea's biggest carmaker by sales, which produces such models as the Genesis G90 and G80. Similar power outages were also reported at a factory of Hyundai Mobis Co., the country's biggest auto parts maker.

Vehicles drive on a flooded road along the coast of the city of Gangneung on South Korea's east coast on Sept. 7, 2020, in heavy rain caused by the powerful Typhoon Haishen. (Yonhap)
A street lamp snaps due to powerful winds in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, in this photo provided by a reader on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In Busan, the typhoon cut off power, toppled trees and snapped a traffic light in its path.

A 57-year-old man in the city was rescued by firefighters early in the morning after an elevator stopped working due to a power outage. A water tank was blown off the top of a house in the western part of the city. No casualties were reported. Another man in his 60s was rescued from his house hit by a landslide. Rescuers took a driver out of his truck to safety, after his vehicle was knocked out by powerful winds on Gwangan Bridge that connects the city's Haeundae and Suyeong wards. Yet another man was seriously injured after being hit hard by a sign that was blown away.

An 18-unit apartment in Dong Ward became inundated again after experiencing floods during the July rainy season.

Typhoon Haishen brings high waves in waters off the port city of Busan on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

The typhoon unleashed torrential rains and triggered a landslide near a tunnel on the road connecting the city with Changwon. Also, dozens of riverside and oceanfront roads have been closed as a safety measure against flooding.

In Yangsan, north of Busan, a road remained closed to traffic after rainwater flowed knee-high over it.

A roof damaged by strong winds from Typhoon Haishen is seen near Songjeong Beach in Busan on Sept. 7, 2020, in this photo provided by a reader. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
A wall collapses over a parked car in Busan, South Korea, in this photo provided by the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
An apartment building is hit by a landslide in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

"It is highly likely that the typhoon will weaken as it passes by the country due to the southern sea's relatively cool temperature of less than 27 C, coupled with cool air in the upper atmosphere and strong wind," a KMA official said, forecasting it to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone within a few hours.

A typhoon alert was lifted for the southern resort island of Jeju, Gyeongsang Province, and parts of Gangwon and the central provinces.

On Monday afternoon, trains running between Busan and nearby cities began their services, and flights slowly resumed operation as the typhoon moved off the Korean Peninsula. In the morning, 298 flights were grounded nationwide, according to Korea Airports Corp.

Typhoon Haishen was forecast to continue to march northward until it arrives at Chongjin, North Korea, at midnight. It is expected to dissipate there.

High waves are generated by Typhoon Haishen off the coast of the southeastern port city of Busan on Sept. 7, 2020. The season's 10th typhoon is projected to travel along the Korean Peninsula up its eastern coast until it makes landfall at Chongjin, North Korea, at midnight. (Yonhap)
People walk amid powerful winds in Busan, South Korea, on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)
This file photo shows Jeju International Airport. (Yonhap)

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