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03 Oct 2019 | 02:27 AM UTC

South Korea: Several fatalities after Typhoon Mitag makes landfall in South Jeolla October 3 /update 3

South Korea News Alert

Officials confirm at least four deaths following passage of Typhoon Mitag as of October 3; heavy rain, wind, and further disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION South Korea

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Event

At least four people have died, and another two are missing, as of the morning (local time) on Thursday, October 3, following the passage of Typhoon Mitag. The casualty count is expected to increase as rescue and recovery operation continue on Thursday morning, according to local media outlets. The storm made landfall in South Jeolla province around 21:40 on Wednesday, October 2, bringing heavy rain, strong wind, and consequent infrastructural damage as it moved through the southern coast during Wednesday night and exited through the east coast in Uljin (North Gyeongsang province) at around 06:00 on Thursday. At least 300 flights were canceled on Wednesday. Further transport disruptions, as well as power and business disruptions, are possible in the coming hours.

As of 10:00 on Thursday, the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Mitag is located at approximately 38.7°N 133.7°E (map here) and is moving east-northeast at 51 kph (32 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph).

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

 

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