Typhoon Chanthu passes near Jeju, flooding streets, houses and canceling flights


As Typhoon Chanthu passed near Jeju, it brought soaked rain and strong winds, flooded low-lying neighborhoods, knocked down trees and a street lamp, and landed flights.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the typhoon came closest to the island at around 7 a.m. on Friday, passing 60 kilometers south-southeast of Seogwipo city. It was moving east along the Korea Strait, a sea passage between South Korea and Japan, at a speed of 21 km / h.

The 14th typhoon of the season has already soaked the island with more than 1,000 millimeters of rain in some mountain regions since the beginning of this week as it approached the island from the south.

Overnight, it fell trees and a street lamp, tore down parts of a guardrail and sank roads and farmland, according to the headquarters of the disaster and security response. No injuries were reported.

From 12 noon to 6 a.m., firefighters responded to 16 reports of congested drainage systems. About 60 reports of structural damage have been received since Monday when the island began to see the indirect effects of the typhoon.

The island’s government blocked access to numerous low-lying areas prone to flash floods and landslides. On Friday morning, 23 flights to and from Jeju were canceled and 48 ferries on 29 routes connecting the island and other parts of the country were suspended.

From 6 a.m. onwards, up to 50 mm of rain fell on the island, with strong winds of 30-40 meters per second. The weather department warned of persistent heavy rain of up to 80 mm during the day. A typhoon warning has been issued for the island, nearby waters, Busan and some parts of South Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces.

In some southwestern cities, including Yeosu and Suncheon, 196 residents were temporarily evacuated for fear of landslides and about 130 people were unable to return to their homes. (Yonhap)

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