A powerful typhoon lashed South Korea with strong winds and heavy rains Monday, killing at least one person, leaving dozens of others homeless and triggering blackouts at many homes and businesses.
Typhoon Sanba was pushing northeastward and expected to move into eastern waters later Monday. North Korean won't get a direct hit, but the country's eastern areas could see strong rain and wind from its outer bands, according to South Korean weather officials.
Sanba knocked out power to nearly 30,800 homes and shops in South Korea, the state-run National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. The storm also forced cancelations of about 330 flights and 170 ferries, it said. Huge waves battered the southern coast.
A 50-year-old woman died in a landslide in southeastern South Korea, and another woman was injured in a separate landslide, agency officials said. More than 70 people were left homeless, they said.
Before reaching South Korea, the storm hit Japan. About 67,000 homes in southwestern Japan lost power and some areas flooded. A man drowned Sunday while swimming in high waves off the southern Japanese island of Ishigaki, according to the coast guard.
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(Jiji Press )