07 Sep 2022, 10:06

South Korea typhoon death toll rises to 10

SEOUL, Sept 7, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - The death toll from Typhoon Hinnamnor rose to
10 in South Korea, authorities said Wednesday, after the storm battered the
southern coast with huge waves and heavy rain this week.

The typhoon, one of the most powerful to hit the country in decades, flooded
streets and buildings as it passed through on Monday and Tuesday.

In the southeastern port city of Pohang -- one of the hardest-hit areas --
seven bodies and two survivors were pulled out of the submerged underground
parking lot of an apartment complex, the Central Disaster and Safety
Countermeasures Headquarters said.

The nine were trapped after they went into the parking lot to move their cars
during the heavy downpours, according to local media reports.

Search and rescue operations continued on Wednesday, and authorities said two
people were still missing.

Hinnamnor forced more than 4,700 people to flee their homes for safety, and
it destroyed around 12,000 homes and buildings.

Nearly 90,000 households lost power nationwide as the storm hit, but supply
had been restored to most of them by Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Before the typhoon made landfall, South Korean authorities closed more than
600 schools nationwide as a precaution and local airlines cancelled some 250
domestic flights.