Sunday, 20 September 2020

Typhoon Haishen heads to Korea after hammering Japan

High waves batter the coastline as Typhoon Haishen approaches in the southeastern port city of Busan, South Korea on September 7, 2020. (AFP)

SOUL/TOKYO: Powerful Typhoon Haishen has approached South Korea after slamming southern Japan with record winds and heavy rains that prompted evacuation warnings for millions.

The storm, carrying top sustained winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour, was headed north toward South Korea’s second-largest city of Busan, South Korea’s weather agency said.

At 7 am, the typhoon was 30 kilometres north of Tsushima island and was categorised as a “large” and strong” storm.

Several dozen mostly minor injuries were reported, according to national broadcaster NHK, most of them elderly people who suffered falls.

In Nagasaki’s Goto, four people were hurt after a shattered window flung glass into an evacuation centre in the early hours of Monday morning, a local fire department official told AFP news agency.

“It was unclear if the window was smashed in by a gust of wind or something that blew into it,” he said.

Haishen is also expected to draw near North Korea’s port city of Chongjin late on Monday.

North Korea’s agriculture sector is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, and this summer’s storms and floods have raised concerns over the country’s tenuous food situation.

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