Monday, August 10

South Korea Typhoon ‘Kong-Rey’ leaves one dead, two missing


Typhoon Kong-Rey

SEOUL: Typhoon Kong-rey has left one person dead and two others missing, displaced dozens of people and caused power outages to more than 55,000 households across South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said the typhoon, which left the Korean Peninsula earlier in the day, killed a 60-year-old man while he was crossing a bridge in Gwangju, just south of Seoul.

Meanwhile, a 76-year-old man went missing after he slipped on a river barrage and was washed away in Pohang, 370 kilometres south of Seoul. A 80-year-old man was also swept away in Yeongdeok, 350 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon expressed his wish for the safe return of the missing.

“I wish the two will be safely rescued,” Lee wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

In Gangneung, Samcheok, Pohang, Hadong and Hapcheon, a total of 45 people in 26 households were displaced. In Busan and on Jeju Island, 31 houses were inundated.

Across the country, 55,728 households suffered from power outages, but power has been restored for many of them.

The latest typhoon moved out of the peninsula via Pohang at around 12.40 pm.

– Bernama