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Typhoon Chaba kills six people in South Korea

Published 06/10/2016

A crew member of a stranded passenger boat is rescued by maritime police in Yeosu (Yonhap/AP)
A crew member of a stranded passenger boat is rescued by maritime police in Yeosu (Yonhap/AP)

A powerful typhoon has battered South Korea, killing six people and leaving four missing, the country's safety agency said.

Typhoon Chaba caused strong winds and heavy rain in south-eastern areas and the southern resort island of Jeju on Tuesday and Wednesday.

South Korean officials said the typhoon later dissipated after moving over the waters off the east coast.

The six dead include one who fell from a breakwater and another who fell from the roof of a house, the Ministry of Public Safety and Security said in a statement.

It said the typhoon left 200 people homeless and temporarily left about 229,000 households without power.

Chaba also inundated hundreds of houses, shops and factories, according to the statement.

Another typhoon, Lionrock, hit a remote area of North Korea in late August, causing floods that are estimated to have killed more than 130 people and left 400 missing.

The Red Cross estimates that 70,000 people were made homeless in North Hamgyong province.

AP

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