October 4, 2023

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Yong Jun Chang and Ahn Younger-Joon | Related Press

SEOUL, South Korea — Tropical Storm Khanun poured intense rain on South Korea on Thursday, turning roads into chocolate-colored rivers and leaving not less than one particular person lifeless, earlier than weakening because it reached main city facilities close to the capital.

Greater than a foot of rain fell in japanese and southern areas after the storm made landfall on the mainland within the morning. Emergency employees responded to growing studies of flooding and landslides by the afternoon.

Greater than 15,000 folks, principally in southern areas, had been evacuated from their properties as emergency employees responded to landslides, flood-damaged properties and rising rivers and streams. As of Thursday night time, employees managed to revive electrical energy to 38,000 of the 40,300 properties that skilled energy outages.

Officers shut down lots of of freeways, streets and public parks and despatched textual content alerts warning concerning the perils posed by Khanun, which is hitting South Korea weeks after torrential rains brought on flash floods and landslides that killed not less than 47 folks.

After making landfall at round 9:20 a.m. close to the southeastern port metropolis of Geoje, Khanun on Thursday night time was passing the densely populated Seoul metropolitan space, the place half of the nation’s 51 million folks reside.

The storm delivered heavy rain because it slowly plowed throughout the nation, however its energy more and more diminished because it moved deeper inland. Khanun was producing most wind speeds of 72 kilometers per hour (45 miles per hour), in comparison with round 129 kph (80 mph) on the level of landfall.

There have been no rapid studies of main injury in Seoul. Within the close by port metropolis of Incheon, employees responded to flooded properties and collapsed partitions, however there have been no rapid studies of accidents or deaths within the space.

The storm was anticipated to maneuver into North Korea early Friday, however forecasters mentioned the larger Seoul space would nonetheless really feel its drive till Friday afternoon.

Among the many areas of South Korea hardest hit by Khanun was the southern inland metropolis of Daegu, the place rescue employees navigated a submerged village in rubber boats, in search of residents who may need been left behind.

A 67-year-old man who was discovered unconscious close to a bloated stream was later pronounced lifeless at a hospital, in keeping with Lee Ga-yeon, an official on the Daegu hearth division. The town’s emergency employees had been trying to find one other one that acquired swept right into a stream whereas utilizing a wheelchair.

In Gangwon province, a mountainous area on the east coast the place the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast 50 to 60 centimeters (20 to 23 inches) of rain in some locations, emergency employees within the seaside cities of Gangneung and Sokcho waded throughout rivers of brown, thigh-high water protecting what used to streets.

In close by Yangyang county, employees repaired the embankment of one other stream that crumbled and was spilling water on a serious freeway.

Within the southern metropolis of Changwon, emergency employees used ropes to rescue pedestrians trapped in big zones of flooded roads and responded to landslides that spilled grime and different particles over motorways. Residents and store homeowners blocked their doorways with sandbags whereas employees established flood shields to guard a serious seafood market.

In Geoje, emergency employees in helmets examined a car parking zone the place autos had been smashed or broken by bricks and different particles apparently flown by forceful winds.

In coastal Busan, South Korea’s second-largest metropolis, a number of motorways had been closed due to flooding. Emergency employees cleared uprooted bushes that collapsed over roads and responding to destroyed partitions and fences, damaged home windows, and different injury. A public park within the Yeonje district was submerged.

The neighboring cities and cities of Gimhae, Ulsan, Pohang, Gimcheon issued flood warnings for areas close to rivers and streams that stream by means of its city districts.

Not less than 63 roads and 39 properties and buildings had been destroyed or broken by floods, the Ministry of the Inside and Security mentioned.

Greater than 620 motorways had been shut down, greater than 400 flights had been grounded and almost 1,600 faculties closed nationwide, in keeping with the protection ministry and aviation authorities. A whole bunch of prepare rides had been canceled, ferry providers had been absolutely halted, and greater than 60,000 fishing vessels despatched to port.

In North Korea, state media described nationwide efforts to strengthen the monitoring of roads, railways, bridges and coastlines, and to make use of measures to guard manufacturing unit machines and crops.Khanun meandered round southern Japanese islands for greater than per week, knocking out energy and disrupting transit. The Japan Meteorological Company warned of attainable mudslides and flooding within the areas affected. It additionally mentioned Storm Lan was gaining energy within the Pacific Ocean and forecast to have an effect on Japan’s primary islands subsequent week.

Lan was about 220 kilometers (136 miles) south of Chichi island and packing winds as much as 126 kph (78 mph) on Thursday, threatening the distant islands with excessive winds and heavy rain by means of the weekend, Japan’s meteorologists mentioned.

The Central Japan Railway Co. mentioned some Shinkansen bullet prepare providers could also be delayed or suspended between Sunday and Wednesday relying on the hurricane’s path.