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Powerful typhoon batters South Korea

Typhoon Tapah earlier lashed parts of Japan’s southern islands.

Typhoon Tapah lashed parts of parts of South Korea with heavy rain and winds (Son Hyung-joo/Yonhap via AP)
Typhoon Tapah lashed parts of parts of South Korea with heavy rain and winds (Son Hyung-joo/Yonhap via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A powerful typhoon has battered parts of South Korea, injuring dozens of people and knocking out power to about 27,000 houses.

Typhoon Tapah earlier lashed parts of Japan’s southern islands with heavy rain and winds that caused flooding and some minor injuries.

South Korea’s interior ministry said the typhoon also saw strong winds and heavy rainfall in southern cities and towns.

The storm did not make landfall on the peninsula as it moved north-east and weakened.

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A road is blocked by trees after typhoon Tapah hit Busan, South Korea (Cha Keun-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The ministry said one person was hurt seriously and 25 others had minor injuries.

Some South Korean media had reported three deaths, but the ministry said none of the deaths were caused by the typhoon.

It flooded streets, damaged houses and led to about 250 flight cancellations at 11 airports in South Korea, according to the ministry report.

Typhoon Tapah hit the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Friday and Saturday and left 18 people with minor injuries.

The storm disrupted air and train travel in the region during what is a three-day holiday weekend.

PA

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