Typhoon Haishen hits Korean peninsula after hitting Japan

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Earlier Monday, Typhoon Haishen had winds of 160 kilometers per hour (99 miles per hour), making it the equivalent of a low-end Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic. It is the second major storm to hit the region in less than a week after the region was hit by Typhoon Maysak on Wednesday.

At least 1,640 South Koreans have been evacuated from the path of the storm so far, according to the South Korean Ministry of Interior and Security. About 23,500 households remain without electricity because of the high winds brought by Haishen, according to the province of Gyeongsang northeast of South Korea.

On Monday, one person was injured in the South Korean city of Busan on the country’s southeast coast when high winds knocked over a car, the ministry said.

Turbogenerators at two nuclear power plants in the south-eastern city of Gyeongju shut down automatically on Monday. The department is looking into the case.

Typhoon Haishen hit the Japanese island of Kyushu on Sunday, with winds of nearly 195 km / h (121 mph). Authorities in Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu said a man was rescued, but three other men and a woman were still missing.Teams continue to search for the four missing people, who went missing after houses were washed away in a river in southwestern Japan, according to local authorities.

At least 46 people were injured in Kyushu during the typhoon on Sunday, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. At least 253,530 households in Kyushu were still without electricity as of Monday afternoon, according to supplier Kyushu Electric.

Storm damage

Typhoon Haishen comes as the region recovers from last week’s Typhoon Maysak, which followed a similar path and also brought destructive winds and heavy rain.

A freighter with 43 crew members and nearly 6,000 cows on board disappeared near southern Japan during Typhoon Maysak last Wednesday. Search and rescue efforts were suspended on Saturday due to bad weather, according to the Japanese coast guard. Three sailors were rescued from the sea, but one of them later died, the Coast Guard said.

A photo shows the site of the landslide where four people are missing due to Typhoon Haishen in Shiiba village, Miyazaki prefecture, southwestern Japan, September 7, 2020.

North Korean state-run news agency KCNA reported that the country’s leader Kim Jong Un called on citizens of Pyongyang to volunteer to repair areas damaged by Typhoon Maysak. The North Korean leader said more than 1,000 homes had been destroyed and homes and public facilities in South Hamgyong Province were flooded, leading to the displacement of many people.

KCNA reported that around 300,000 party members from Pyongyang City responded to his call.

“The number of volunteers continues to increase as workers follow the lead of party members,” KCNA said.

Although Japan and the Korean Peninsula often experience typhoons and torrential rains during the summer, the damage this year has been particularly severe.

Late last month, Typhoon Bavi – which amounted to a Category 1 storm – struck western North Korea. After the typhoon, North Korean state media reported that dozens of buildings were damaged and electricity and water systems were affected.

CNN’s Junko Ogura contributed reporting from Tokyo.

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