South Korea was hit by a typhoon on Monday as strong winds and heavy rains swept through southern Japan, killing at least eight people and leaving dozens missing.
More than 300,000 families were still without electricity on Monday afternoon when Hurricane Haishen hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, tearing off rooftops and spilling half an inch (20 inches) of water in just one day.
Rescue workers were scrambling from the mud and detritus looking for four missing people when a landslide hit rural Miyazaki.
More police officers are going to help, company secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.
At least one hurricane was killed, he said, without knowing the cause of three more deaths during the storm.
Haishen, which came from another hurricane, fell on Okinawa on Saturday and moved north all Sunday.
An estimated 1.8 million people were told to seek shelter for fear that a hurricane of 200 miles per hour (135 kilometers per hour) would damage Japan’s massive log cabin.
As it approached lunch on Monday, the storm had swept across South Korea, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and triggering landslides.
Road fires and trees fell in and around Busan, flooding and burning about 20,000 homes across the country.
The storm cut off electricity at the Hyundai Motor convention in Ulsan, halting production for several hours.
Haishen climbed east of the peninsula into the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea, losing some of its destructive power, but it still carries winds of up to 112 kilometers per hour.
The road to Sokcho harbor was empty, but some locals supported the rain and wind to take pictures and filled it with answers falling on the port wall.
Outside the city, rivers flow into the countryside carrying occasional debris and fallen trees.
Haishen predicted it would fall again in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province and North Korea, in the middle of the night, according to South Korea’s meteorological administration.
Pyongyang’s state-run media has been on high alert, spreading the word about the situation, a group shows a reporter on an air-conditioned street in Tongchon, Kangwon.
“Now is the time to be very vigilant,” he said, adding that strong winds blow at about 126 kilometers per hour.
A state broadcaster KCTV showed a flooded road with trees shaking.
North Korea is still shaken by Typhoon Maysak last week.
Leader Kim Jong Un appeared in state media over the weekend to investigate the damage. He fired the regional governor of South Hamgyong.
He ordered 12,000 members of Pyongyang’s ruling party to help with the recovery effort, and the KCNA news agency said on Monday that about 300,000 had responded to his call.
The North state media has not yet announced how many people Maysak lost, injured or died.
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In Japan, Typhoon Haishen first made its presence in the island region an exposed, remote area before passing through the Kyushu region.
As the Kyushu authorities approached, the authorities ordered the evacuation of 1.8 million people, as well as another 5.6 million to be careful.
In some places, residents search restaurants and hotels to escape the storm.
Japan turned its suburbs and schools into shelters during emergencies, but some are reluctant to collect large numbers due to fears of Covid-19 infection.
“I’m worried about coronavirus infection. We are also with the children, so we do not want others to see us as a big problem, ”an elderly man in Shibushi told an NHK reporter when he arrived at the hotel with seven relatives.
The storm caused the cancellation of nearly 550 flights and damaged train services, the network said.
Several companies went out of business, including three Toyota-operated plants.