South Korea braces itself for Typhoon Haishen after Japan

Typhoon Haishen is headed towards the capital of South Korea after making its way peacefully through Japan as sources suggest no major calamities have occurred. 

The typhoon is moving at a speed of 90 miles per hour while carrying upward winds. As of now, 4 people in Japan have been reported missing, and over 50 people are injured. 2 deaths have also been reported in the last week. 

According to the country’s safety ministry, almost 1000 people have been evacuated, and nearly 1.8 million people were ordered to evacuate from the affected areas as a precautionary measure. 

The typhoon has left 440,000 houses with no electricity and has caused some damage to buildings near the island of Kyushu due to a landslide triggered by torrential rain. 

A large number of rescue workers have been put to work and have been searching through the debris, and the mud after this collapse has been reported. Japanese sources suggest that police officers are soon expected to reach on-site and provide assistance. 

As a safety measure, almost 500 flights across 10 airports have been canceled, and bullet trains in the affected area have also been called off. Citizens are also being recommended not to visit open places, including National Parks and open grounds. 

As two unfortunate events occurred at the same time, shelters are unable to accommodate many people while following the anti-corona virus measures as the chances of people catching the virus in overcrowded places is high.

Typhoon Haishen arrives just a few days after Typhoon Maysak, a Category 4 Hurricane which left the Korean peninsula without power for days.   

Although typhoons and tropical storms are common during the summer in the Koreas and Japan, this year has brought about extreme damage and loss of property. Experts believe that these typhoons are extremely dangerous and can cause more damage in the coming days. 

Live TV footage, which has been broadcasting for over 3 weeks, shows a large number of trees shaking and waves rising throughout the Gangwon province, which borders South Korea. The broadcasting channel also reported that the state had evacuated all the citizens of the Tongchon county in the province.    

The typhoon has left North Korea’s agriculture sector in an endangered state with the storm and floods worsening their already vulnerable food security. 

Typhoon Haishen is also expected to hit Chongjin, a port city in North Korea, later this week.

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