Seven people drown in flooded parking lot in South Korea

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At least 10 people died and thousands were displaced after Typhoon Hinnamnor hit southern South Korea’s industrial centers last Tuesday, officials said.

Seven of the deaths were reported in an underwater parking lot beneath a residential complex in the southeastern port city of Pohang, according to a report by the Ministry of Interior and Security on Wednesday.

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They were trapped by rising waters as they tried to move the vehicles, according to the ministry’s report.

Another person died after being buried in a house hit by a landslide in Gyeongju and two people remain missing due to the powerful typhoon.

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Casualties could mount as rescue operations continue, with the military deploying amphibious vehicles.

The powerful storm reached wind speeds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, with winds in excess of 154 kilometers per hour.

The storm made landfall at around 4:50 am local time, hitting the southeastern industrial cities of Pohang, Gyeongju and Ulsan with high winds and heavy rain, before leaving the peninsula at around 7:10 am local time, officials told CNN on Monday. last tuesday.

Around 2,900 people were evacuated, mostly in the south of the country, and more than 66,000 homes suffered power cuts, with 45% of service restored as of 3pm local time.

The typhoon forced hundreds of flight cancellations, suspension of business operations and school closures.

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South Korean steelmaker POSCO reported a temporary release of by-product gas at its Pohang plant due to a power outage caused by the typhoon.

Ulsan-based shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said there were no major losses, although parts of its factory were submerged. Some of their ships were sent to the west coast to avoid damage and would return on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said there had been no incidents at its nearby Changwon shipyard so far and had halted production on Tuesday morning as planned.

Typhoon warnings have mostly been lifted in South Korea, but President Yoon Suk-yeol urged authorities to take precautions until the typhoon has completely subsided, his spokesman said.

Neighboring North Korea also braced for typhoon damage, with leader Kim Jong Un chairing a two-day meeting on disaster prevention work and releasing water from a dam near its border with South Korea.

South Korea has repeatedly urged the North to warn before releasing water from the dam as it could result in flooding downstream, but Pyongyang remained unresponsive.

Source: CNN Brasil

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