Typhoon Haishen caused flooding and property damage across southern and eastern regions on Monday, September 7. Haishen brought rainfall of up to 70mm (3in) per hour in some areas and sustained winds of up to 120kph (75mph). Haishen left over 75,000 households temporarily without power following landfall and has displaced over 3100 people in southern and eastern areas of the country. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety reported that at least two people have been killed, two are missing, and five have been injured in flood-related incidents in affected areas. At least one person went missing in Samcheok (Gangwon province) where they may have been caught up in floodwaters. Rescue operations were also launched in Yangyang and Samcheok in Gangwon province. Landslides have also been reported, including on Geoje Island (Gyeongsangnam-do province). Some 340 flights were canceled across the country and, although a number of national train services were canceled, these have begun to resume normal operations.
Typhon Haishen is currently located north of Tanchŏn (North Korea) after it moved into the Sea of Japan after passing over South Korea. Haishen is sustaining winds of up to 65kmh (40mph) and is moving in a northerly direction. The typhoon is expected to weaken as it moves further inland into Jilin province (China) by Tuesday, September 8.
Further residual disruptions to utilities, business, and travel are expected in the near term and flooding and landslides are possible in some areas.
Tropical storms can form in the Pacific Ocean at any time of year, although most typhoons occur during a peak season between June and November. In general, storm systems make landfall along South Korea's southern and southeastern coasts, making these areas, which are home to many industrial and port facilities, particularly at risk of experiencing the full brunt of storms or typhoons. The country has comprehensive and reliable weather tracking and emergency management systems, although powerful storm systems can overwhelm preparedness and recovery programs.
Those in areas affected by the storm system 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. Never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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