1 dead, 1 missing as Typhoon Prapiroon lashes South Korea

High waves triggered by Typhoon Prapiroon crash against Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea, on July 2, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Fishing vessels moored at a port in Seogwipo, on South Korea's Jeju island on July 2, 2018, as weather authorities issued high-wave warnings for the island due to Typhoon Prapiroon. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - One death and one missing person were reported as of Monday afternoon (July 2) as Typhoon Prapiroon lashed South Korea, causing floods and flight cancellations.

The authorities have confirmed that a 53-year-old woman, a Thai national living in Yeonggwang, South Jeolla province, died on Saturday after being struck by lightning while working at a farm.

On Sunday, a 73-year-old woman living in Boseong, South Jeolla province, was sent to hospital after suffering minor injuries in a mudslide.

Weather authorities have issued warnings, especially for those living in the Jeolla and Jeju regions.

The typhoon has also forced many newly elected governors, who won their seats in local elections last month, to cancel their inauguration ceremonies scheduled for Monday.

A total of 33 flights at eight different airports nationwide were also cancelled on Monday.

At the same time, 410 trail roads in 16 national parks have been closed for safety reasons. More than 25 ferry services were also cancelled.

In addition, as of Monday, five residential buildings have been reported damaged. More than 50 vehicles and 61 buildings, including houses, were waterlogged.

The authorities announced on Sunday that two officials would be dispatched to each of the eight metropolitan cities and nine provinces nationwide to prepare for possible landslides and heavy rain.

Prapiroon is a small typhoon with pressure of between 985 hectopascals and a maximum wind speed of 97kmh, according to the weather agency.

The weather agency warned people to be careful of landslides and possible accidents caused by elevated water and thunder.

The typhoon was expected to hit South Korea's southern-most island of Jeju and Jeolla province hard from Monday evening and continue at least until Tuesday.

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