Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Typhoon Dianmu fatally hit South Korea

Xinhua: A powerful typhoon accompanied by heavy rain has left three people dead, flooded hundreds of homes and buildings and grounded dozens of flights in South Korea, the disaster control agency said Wednesday. It is the first time in nine years that torrential rain-related deaths have been reported in Seoul.

Typhoon Dianmu, which made landfall on the southern coast early Wednesday, is forecast to dump more rain later in the day as it passes through the nation's southern region before moving out toward the East Sea, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Some 130 homes were flooded nationwide, 74 flights were canceled and 91 ferry trips suspended, the agency said. The typhoon, the fourth of this year, was moving northeast at a speed of 32 kilometers per hour as of 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)….

Satellite image of Severe Tropical Storm Dianmu approaching South Korea on August 10, 2010

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