North Korea – Rain From Typhoon Maysak Triggers Flooding in Eastern Areas

Typhoon Maysak brought strong winds and heavy rain as it swept across the Korean Peninsula on 03 September.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the East China Sea on Sept. 2 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 UTC) and saw Typhoon Maysak headed for landfall in southern South Korea. Credit: NASA/NRL

South Korea

In South Korea, much of the damage from Maysak was caused by strong winds. Some coastal flooding was reported in Samcheok in Gangwon.

Homes were damaged or destroyed in Gangwon, Jeju, South Gyeongsang Province and Busan, according to news agency Yonhap. One person died in Busan as a result of wind damage. Around 2,400 people were evacuated and power supply disrupted to almost 300,000 households. Flights and rail travel were suspended and nearly 100 roads closed.

North Korea

Heavy rain from Typhoon Maysak caused flooding in eastern parts of North Korea on 03 September according to state media.

Korean Central Television Broadcasting Station said the worst of the flooding was in the coastal city of Wonsan in Kangwŏn Province, causing residents to evacuate to safer areas. Wonsan recorded 242 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 September.

Maysak is expected to weaken, although heavy rainfall is expected to continue in northern parts of the country.

Previously Maysak had made its way across Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. As of 02 September, 8 people were injured and almost 60,000 were under an evacuation advisory. A cargo ship with 43 people aboard went missing during Typhoon Maysak, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

A new Tropical Cyclone named Haishen formed over the northern Philippine Sea on 02 September and started moving north-west towards southern Japan.

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