S. Korea on alert over Typhoon Haishen, heavy rain forecast; landslide warning issued

SEOUL, South Korea remained on alert Sunday as a powerful typhoon, Haishen, has been marching northward amid a forecast that it will soon affect the peninsula directly.
The 10th typhoon of the season is expected to reach waters between the southern island of Jeju and the Kyushu region of Japan on Monday morning, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
It’s then likely to head north over the East Sea, although it was initially expected to land on the peninsula.
Heavy rains and strong winds are forecast across South Korea throughout Monday.
It lifted the alert to “watch” for Seoul and 10 other major cities and provinces, as over 300 mm of rain is expected in southern and eastern regions.
Haishen would be the second typhoon to hit the nation in a week.
“Huge damages are expected, as the typhoon this time is forecast to be more dangerous than the previous ones that affected South Korea shortly after the end of the monsoon season,” KFS chief Park Chong-ho said. “It’s important to prevent damages through the preemptive evacuation of residents to an extent that could be (seen as) excessive.”

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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