Typhoon knocks out power in RoK; DPRK braces for storm

Saturday, 2019-09-07 15:40:06
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High waves batter a beach in the southern port city of Busan on September 7, 2019 as Typhoon Lingling approaches the Korean peninsula. (Photo: AFP)
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A powerful typhoon slammed into the Republic of Korea (RoK) early on September 7, killing at least one person and disrupting power to 57,000 households before turning toward the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), authorities said.

Typhoon Lingling struck the island of Jeju and southern port cities overnight, knocking out power and damaging buildings as it moved north at 49 kph (30 mph), the Ministry of Interior and Safety said in a statement.

A 75-year-old woman was killed in Boryeong, southwest of Seoul, and at least two other people were injured. A total of 124 flights were cancelled, the ministry said.

The storm is expected to pass by the capital Seoul and reach DPRK by about 6 p.m. local time (0900 GMT), a ministry official told Reuters.

The centre of the typhoon is expected to pass over the DPRK capital Pyongyang, according to a tracking map by the Korea Meteorological Administration posted on its website.

DPRK held an emergency meeting on September 6 under the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un to discuss "urgent emergency measures to cope with the typhoon," state media reported on September 7.

KCNA said in a separate statement that government officials and the armed forces were preparing to "urgently dispatch forces to damaged areas by using various kinds of alarm and communications means, and secure relief goods and building equipment and materials and mobilise transport".