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Typhoon ravages South Korea

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 01:16

Aug. 28 - Typhoon Bolaven buffets west coast South Korea, killing at least seven people and leaving a dozen missing. Sarah Charlton reports.

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At least seven people have been killed and a dozen left missing as winds of more than 100 miles per hour (170kmh) hit South Korea. The southern island of Jeju suffered damage as a typhoon battered the coastal regions of the Korean peninsula. Four people were killed and 12 left missing when Chinese fishing boats capsized on Jeju's shore. Thirteen fishermen were rescued alive. The typhoon stopped flights to and from the island, as the severe weather caused damage to buildings and roads. In Seoul, President Lee Myung-bak visited an emergency operation centre to be briefed on the situation. He urged officials to protect lives and property as the storm moves through. Schools were closed in the capital and in the south, but financial markets and government services remained open. The typhoon is expected to next hit North Korea, already suffering in the aftermath of severe flooding.

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Typhoon ravages South Korea

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 01:16