Two dead as Typhoon Kong-rey hits South Korea

Buildings, cars and roads flooded yesterday by torrential rains brought by Typhoon Kong-rey in Yeongdeok, South Korea.
Buildings, cars and roads flooded yesterday by torrential rains brought by Typhoon Kong-rey in Yeongdeok, South Korea.PHOTO: EPA/EFE

SEOUL • Two people died and one person is missing in South Korea as powerful typhoon Kong-rey hit the country yesterday, the government said.

A 66-year-old man died while crossing a bridge in the city of Gwangju, south of Seoul, the national disaster management agency said without elaborating on the cause of the death.

Another man, aged 83, was found dead after being washed away by a river in a southern county of Yeongdeok, while a 76-year-old went missing after falling into a river in the southern port of Pohang.

The powerful typhoon dumped heavy rain across the country from Friday before moving away from the peninsula yesterday afternoon.

China's observatory renewed a blue alert for Kong-rey, this year's 25th typhoon, yesterday morning.

The eye of Kong-rey is expected to unleash gales in north-east China.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, XINHUA

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