After scouring southwestern Japan on the night of Sunday to Monday and killing two and at least four missing, the violent Typhoon Haishen arrived Monday, September 7 in South Korea. At noon local time (5 a.m. in Paris), the tropical cyclone mainly affected the eastern half of South Korea and was expected to reach North Korea overnight from Monday to Tuesday, according to the South Korean meteorological agency.
The force of the wind gusts slowed but remained very high, with speeds reaching 180 km / h, causing the cancellation of several hundred flights in South Korea. Images from the Busan area, the country’s second largest city, showed flooded streets, trees and ripped traffic lights. Thousands of homes were without electricity.
Haishen had previously moved to Kyushu, the large island in southwestern Japan. The spokesman for the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga, spoke of two deaths on Monday, without giving further details. In the Miyazaki region, three men and a woman were also missing after a landslide that tipped houses into a stream. On Saturday more than half a meter of water fell in Misato, a village in the same region.
The typhoon also left 20 people injured in Japan, two of them seriously. More than half a million Japanese households were deprived of electricity Monday morning, which raised fears of the risk of heat stroke due to lack of air conditioning, and telecommunications networks were disrupted.
The arrival of the typhoon put Kyushu on high alert this weekend, greatly disrupting air and rail traffic and shutting down factories. At the height of the storm, more than 7 million people had been affected by evacuation recommendations, but not mandatory instructions. But authorities had also advised to avoid overloading evacuation centers due to Covid-19, which prompted many residents to spend the night in local hotels.
Typhoon season is currently in full swing in Japan. Haishen is the second major tropical cyclone to hit the Japanese archipelago and then the Korean peninsula in just a few days. In particular, Typhoon Maysak last week caused extensive damage in North Korea.
Maysak also caused the sinking in the East China Sea of a livestock vessel, the Gulf Livestock 1, in the middle of last week. Two survivors and a corpse have so far been found by the Japanese Coast Guard, but 40 crew members are still missing. Their search also had to be suspended as Typhoon Haishen approached, further reducing the chances of finding other survivors.