Typhoon Dianmu fatally hit S Korea

16:54, August 11, 2010      

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A powerful typhoon accompanied by heavy rain has left three people dead, flooded hundreds of homes and buildings and grounded dozens of flights in South Korea, the disaster control agency said Wednesday.

It is the first time in nine years that torrential rain-related deaths have been reported in Seoul.

Typhoon Dianmu, which made landfall on the southern coast early Wednesday, is forecast to dump more rain later in the day as it passes through the nation's southern region before moving out toward the East Sea, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Some 130 homes were flooded nationwide, 74 flights were canceled and 91 ferry trips suspended, the agency said.

The typhoon, the fourth of this year, was moving northeast at a speed of 32 kilometers per hour as of 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

The KMA expects up to 40 millimeters of more rain in the peninsula until midnight.

In addition to the confirmed deaths, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency said a local TV reporter died in the southern port city of Busan on Wednesday, a day after he fell into the water and lost consciousness while reporting the typhoon at a pier.

Source: Xinhua


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