Monday, July 2, 2018

1 dead, 1 missing as Typhoon Prapiroon lashes South Korea

One death and one missing person were reported as of Monday afternoon (July 2) as Typhoon Prapiroon lashed South Korea, causing floods and flight cancellations.

Authorities have confirmed that a 53-year-old woman, a Thai national living in Yeonggwang, South Jeolla Province, died Saturday after being struck by lightning while working at a farm.

Also on Sunday, a 73-year-old woman, living in Boseong, South Jeolla Province, was sent to a hospital after suffering minor injuries in a mudslide.

Weather authorities have issued warnings, especially for those living in the Jeolla and Jeju regions.

The typhoon has also forced many newly elected governors, who won their seats in local elections last month, to cancel their inauguration ceremonies scheduled for Monday.

A total of 33 flights at eight different airports nationwide were also cancelled Monday.

At the same time, 410 trail roads in 16 national parks have been closed for safety reasons. More than 25 ferry services were also cancelled.

In addition, as of Monday, a total of five residential buildings have been reported damaged. More than 50 vehicles and 61 buildings, including houses, were waterlogged.

Authorities announced Sunday that two officials would be dispatched to each of the eight metropolitan cities and nine provinces nationwide to prepare for possible landslides and heavy rain.

Prapiroon is a small typhoon with pressure between 985 hectopascals and a maximum wind speed of 97 kilometres per hour, according to the weather agency.

The weather agency warned people to be careful of landslides and possible accidents caused by elevated water and thunder.

The typhoon was expected to hit Korea's southern-most island of Jeju and Jeolla Province hard starting Monday evening and continue at least until Tuesday.

Credits: StraitsTimes

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