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Typhoon Tapah batters southern regions, cause casualties Updated: 2019-09-22 18:14:53 KST


With the typhoon battering the southern regions of Korea on Sunday, some casualties have been reported.
A 72 year-old woman was found dead after a home collapsed in Busan late last night, due to strong winds, and several people have been reportedly injured as well.
As of Sunday afternoon, more than 7 thousand homes have reportedly experienced power outages nationwide, including around 3 thousand homes in Jeju Island.
Related authorities are on high alert and prepared to take response measures.

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"The interior and safety ministry raised its typhoon alert status to its second highest level, after the storm strengthened into a medium-sized typhoon on Saturday."

Also, the city of Busan is operating a 24 hour Disaster Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, staffed by 40 personnel.
The city of Ulsan also issued its highest typhoon alert, while the entrance to Hallasan Mountain has been closed off.
The Port of Busan has been closed since Saturday, and vessels have been moved to safe docking areas.
The Geoga bridge connecting Busan and Geojedo Island has been closed off to all traffic as of 11 AM Sunday.
Many flights have been canceled at Jeju International Airport and elsewhere across the nation, including Gimhae, Gimpo, and Incheon International Airport.
As heavy rain is expected to continue into Monday morning, authorities warn of floods, landslides and swollen rivers.
Kim Jae-hee, arirang News, Busan.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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