Typhoon Haishen Rips Through Eastern Korea

  • By Jeong Sung-won

    September 08, 2020 10:20

    Typhoon Haishen tore through the eastern coast of Korea on Monday, causing damage in the port cities of Busan, Gangneung and Ulsan.

    It came hard on the heels of typhoon Maysak that also left a trail of destruction in southern parts.

    Haishen made landfall 30 km southwest of Ulsan at around 9 a.m. and exited the Korean Peninsula at around 20 km north of Gangneung around 1:30 p.m. Packing winds of up to 30 m/s, it was weaker than Maysak's 45 m/s.

    The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said two people were missing while five others suffered minor injuries. The typhoon left 78 people homeless and knocked out power to 75,237 homes.

    Part of a road in Ulsan is flooded on Monday as typhoon Haishen hits Korea. /Yonhap

    The bulk of the damage occurred in Gangwon Province, which saw high winds and up to 50 mm of rain an hour, resulting in landslides and flooding. Around 400 locals were evacuated.

    Ulsan saw more than 120 mm of downpours, prompting flood alerts along the Taehwa River that runs through the city.

    At a Hyundai factory in Ulsan, production was halted for three hours due to a power outage.

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