A strong typhoon has hit South Korea, killing at least 15 people and leaving 10 others missing at sea. Typhoon Bolaven, which is considered the strongest to hit the Asian country in about a decade, left damage in the country’s southwestern and south-central regions. The storm smashed two Chinese vessels off the southern island of Jeju on Tuesday. South Korean coast guard rescuers saved 12 fishermen, and they recovered five bodies from the sea. Search was also underway for 10 missing crewmen.
According to South Korea’s public administration ministry, the typhoon snapped 235 traffic lights, caused 7,857 trees to collapse and damaged 42 ships or boats, 35 houses and 1,195 greenhouses.The strong pacific storm also damaged 6,418 hectares (15,852 acres) of farmland. The storm moved on to North Korea and damaged crops and cut electricity around the western city of Haeju, the country’s state media reported. The strong wind and heavy rain also snapped 300 roadside trees along the Pyongyang-Kaesong highway and halted traffic, the media added. The typhoon crossed the Yalu River and moved on to China early Wednesday. SAB/HSN