//TYPHOON HAI SHEN HEADS TOWARD KOREA

TYPHOON HAI SHEN HEADS TOWARD KOREA

South Korea gears up for the arrival of the typhoon Haishen on Monday, after the powerful typhoon has battered Japan’s southern islands but there weren’t any major damage or casualties reported.

South Korea’s weather agency has confirmed, that the winds up to 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour, was heading north towards South Korea’s second-largest city of Busan.

The high powerful storm has already cut power to around 5, 000 households in the southern end of the Korean peninsula which includes the resort island of Jeju. The resort island has reported over 473 mm (19 inches) of rainfall since Saturday.

Around 1, 000 people have been evacuated, while more than 300 flights across 10 airports including, Jeju International airport, have been cancelled for the unknown interval. Also, the entries to national parks and certain national train services have been suspended, the officials from safety ministry confirmed.

Meanwhile, the public broadcaster NHK in Japan reported that over 440, 000 houses in the south-west region of Kyushu had no power on Monday morning after the storm passed through the region. It also reported that 32 people were injured including a woman who fell off stairs in the dark and four others who were wounded by the glass windows of an evacuation centre.

Almost 2 million people had been ordered to evacuate the region. The people were still recovering from the heavy rainfall and floods in July which has killed 83 people. Typhoon Haishen arrives just a few days after Typhoon Maysak which affected thousands. Haishen is likely to draw near North Korea’s port city of Chongjin late Monday.

North Korea’s agricultural sector is especially vulnerable and susceptible to harsh weather conditions. Also, this year’s, summer storms and floods could have affected the country’s dubious food conditions which are a matter of concern.