Typhoon Haishen headed for South Korea today after it made landfall in southern Japan with record strong winds and heavy rain.
The Korean weather forecasting agency said the storm with winds of up to 144 km / h is heading north to Busan, South Korea’s second largest city. Strong winds forced the government to power off nearly 5,000 households in the southernmost tip of Korea, including Jeju Island, where more than 473 mm of rain has been recorded since September 5.
Authorities had to evacuate nearly 1,000 people, while more than 300 flights at 10 airports had to be canceled. South Korea’s Ministry of Safety said some services to visit national parks and railways had to be shut down.
A person leaves a convenience store reinforced with tape and plastic when Typhoon Haishen hits Kaoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on September 6. Photo: AFP.
Previously, Typhoon Haishen swept southern Japan with record winds, up to 216 km / h, prompting the authorities to issue a warning that hurricane winds could overthrow cars and break electric poles. Authorities yesterday recommended the evacuation of more than 7 million people, and asked residents to avoid crowding at the evacuation site to reduce the risk of COV infection.
However, Japan this morning rated Typhoon Haishen caused less damage than expected, despite causing power outages in hundreds of thousands of households on the island of Kyushu, southern Japan. At 7:00 a.m. this morning, the storm was about 30 kilometers north of Tsushima Island after weakening last night.
According to Japan’s national television station, several dozen people were slightly injured by the storm, most of them the elderly who fell. In the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, four people were injured by shards of glass from broken windows in an evacuation center.
The Kyushu Electric Power Company this morning said about 476,000 households lost electricity, raising fears of heat shock due to the lack of air conditioning.
The hurricane affected traffic, disrupting hundreds of flights and rail service, but according to a damage assessment this morning, air and rail journeys were expected to resume soon.
Typhoon Haishen headed to South Korea after landing in Japan Hurricane Haishen made landfall on the Amami Islands in southern Japan on September 6, with winds of more than 200 km / h, forcing authorities to issue an involuntary evacuation order. 7 million people. Video: AFP.
Japan’s typhoon season typically lasts until October and Haishen is the second most powerful storm to pass through the area in recent weeks. It came after Maysak, the storm also hitting Japan before moving to South Korea and North Korea, where heavy damage was reported.
Korean media over the weekend reported that Kim Jong-un leader went to check and asked 12,000 party members to participate in overcoming the consequences of the disaster.
Typhoon Maysak also sank a cargo ship with 43 sailors and nearly 6,000 cows off the coast of western Japan. The Japanese Coast Guard found two survivors and one dead before Typhoon Haishen struck, forcing them to stop searching.
“We are assessing the situation to see when the rescue operation can be resumed,” said a Japanese Coast Guard officer today.