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Typhoon Lingling: Two Dead, Eight Injured in South Korea

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Sat, 07 Sep 2019 12:53 GMT

South Korea's government said that two were dead and at least eight were injured due to powerful storms by Typhoon Lingling that hit the Korean Peninsula on Saturday September 7th, AP has reported.

A 75-year-old woman in the central town of Boryeong was killed after strong winds from the typhoon blew her off her feet and crashed her into a wall 30 metres away.  

A 38-year-old was killed in the western city of Incheon after being crushed by a collapsed wall at a hospital car park. 

The storm cut power to more than 57,000 homes across the country, including on the southern island of Jeju, which was lashed by the typhoon overnight, South Korea's Ministry of the Interior and Safety said. 

After hitting Jeju, the storm remained offshore as it moved up South Korea's west coast on Saturday morning before making landfall in North Korea in the afternoon. 

  Traffic to Incheon International Airport, one of Asia's largest transport hubs, was disrupted by the closure of its gateway bridge and a power failure at a commuter rail network that links the airport with Seoul. 

The storm could possibly inflict more serious damage as it passes through North Korea, a nation that for decades has struggled to deal with natural disasters. 

Kim called for his military to drive national efforts to minimise damage from the typhoon, which he said would be an "enormous struggle" that would require the entire country to step up. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency KCNA, reported.  


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