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Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds S. Korea, bringing rains

Published on Sep 17, 2012 11:21 AM
High waves beat upon a coast road in Busan, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Seoul September 17, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Typhoon Sanba, packing winds of 155kmh, slammed into South Korea on Monday, bringing torrential rains across the country and shutting down flights and ferry services.

Sanba - the third major typhoon to hit the Korean peninsula in two months - made landfall at the southern port of Yeosu shortly before midday (7pm, Singapore time).

Moving at around 35kmh, the typhoon had pounded the South Korean island of Jeju overnight on Sunday, leaving around 10,000 homes without power and damaging road networks.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

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