1 Killed as Typhoon Tapah Sweeps Southern Korea

  • By Park Joo-young, Joo Hee-yeon, Lee Hae-in

    September 23, 2019 10:08

    One person was killed and at least one injured when typhoon Tapah swept through Jeju Island and southern parts of Korea on Sunday.

    According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the mid-sized typhoon moved north around 100 km off the southern cost of Busan at 57 km/h on Sunday morning. It dissipated near Hokkaido, Japan on Monday morning.

    Heavy rain caused one death in Busan after a home collapsed, while another person in the southwestern port city of Mokpo was injured and remains unconscious in hospital after being hit by falling debris from a building.

    Firefighters in Busan received around 400 reports of property damage as of Sunday evening.

    Boats lie capsized in Ulsan port as the southeastern city comes under the influence of typhoon Tapah on Sunday.

    Jeju suffered between 20 to 30 mm of rainfall per hour resulting in around 100 reports of property damage. 

    According to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, 8,903 households suffered blackouts in Busan, Ulsan, South Gyeongsang Province in the southeast and Gangwon Province in the northeast.

    Airports and harbors were shut down, and some bridges and roads were also closed to traffic. All flights to and from Jeju International Airport were canceled until 4 p.m. on Sunday, while 248 flights to 11 other airports, including Gimhae, Gimpo and Incheon, were also canceled.

    Ferries connecting Mokpo and Jeju and scores of other routes were moored. Across the country, 22 roads were submerged, and numerous events were called off.

    A bus lies overturned after skidding off a road in South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday (left) and firefighters try to right collapsed phone booths in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province on Sunday, in the aftermath of typhoon Tapah. /Yonhap

    This is the first time in 43 years that six typhoons have affected the Korean Peninsula in one season. A strong North Pacific high pressure front still lingers near the Korean Peninsula, prompting forecasts of more typhoons.

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