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Typhoon Jangmi batters South Korea

At least 31 have died recently in floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rain

UCA News reporter, Seoul

UCA News reporter, Seoul

Updated: August 11, 2020 07:39 AM GMT
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Typhoon Jangmi batters South Korea

High waves batter the southern island of Jeju on Aug. 10 as Typhoon Jangmi approached South Korea. (Photo: AFP)

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Typhoon Jangmi has landed in South Korea after a period of heavy monsoon rain that has left at least 31 people dead, 11 missing and eight injured.

It made landfall near Geoje Island in South Gyeongsang province on the afternoon of Aug. 10.

The Korea Meteorological Administration has warned people in coastal areas to take extra precautions to face dangerous tides.

It forecasts 150 millimeters of rain for North Chungcheong and South Chungcheong provinces, up to 250 millimeters of rain for Jeju Island and southern coastal regions and 80 millimeters of rain for capital Seoul and Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces.

Nearly 22 domestic flights in Jeju and 15 ships have been barred from operating, and some tourist spots, including hiking routes for Mount Halla in Jeju, have restricted access.

The monsoon season started in South Korea on June 24.

Torrential rain, which started on Aug. 1 in the country’s central region, has caused floods and landslides and damaged roads, farmland and residential properties.

Nearly half of the deaths had occurred in the previous three days, government officials said on Aug. 10.

According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, the death toll reached 31 on Aug. 10 after the body of a drowned person was found in Danyang, North Chungcheong province.

One victim was an 80-year-old man who was buried in a landslide with his tractor.

A 59-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man were killed when their house was buried in a landslide.

South Korea has reported at least 667 landslides in August.

A total of 9,574 people from 4,555 households have been evacuated and 4,600 are staying in temporary shelter houses. Close to 7,000 people had lost their homes as of Aug. 10.

Lee Hae-chan, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, said the government is contemplating more relief measures including special zone designations.

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