Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Typhoon hits South Korea, knocking out power and smashing ships; North could see worse damage

SEOUL, South Korea — A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors.

Rescuers saved 12 fishermen and searched for 10 missing from the Chinese ships that hit rocks off South Korea’s southern Jeju island.

Separately, at least four other people died as Typhoon Bolaven knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of South Koreans, canceled flights and temporarily halted joint war games by U.S. and South Korean military forces.

North Korea, which is still struggling to rebuild from massive floods and a devastating drought before that, was next in the typhoon’s path. State media reported that heavy rain and strong wind hit the country Tuesday. Read More