Monday, June 27, 2011

Update: Typhoon Meari leaves 7 dead or missing in South Korea - 27th June 2011

Strong wind and rain from a typhoon left at least seven people dead or missing, knocked out power and disrupted domestic flights in South Korea, officials said.

Local and national officials said the dead included a rescue official in eastern South Korea who perished during a search-and-rescue operation and a student who was washed away in the southeast, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday night.

Wind from Typhoon Meari briefly knocked out power for hundreds in the southern resort island of Jeju and caused flight cancellations at several airports.

Officials reported no changes in international flights.

The typhoon reached North Korean waters later Sunday, dumping more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain in some areas, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported. Source