The most powerful typhoon to hit South Korea in years on Tuesday dumped a metre of rain, destroyed roads and fell power lines, but the death toll of three could have been higher if not for proactive evacuations and closures of schools, officials said. There was also greater public awareness about the storm and its risks. Typhoon Hinnamnor made impact just weeks after heavy rains around the capital Seoul caused flooding that killed at least 14 people. Government officials had put the nation on high alert for days as Hinnamnor approached, warning of potentially historic destruction and putting in motion life-saving measures. After grazing the resort island of Jeju and hitting the mainland near the port city of Busan, Hinnamnor weakened as it blew into waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. READ MORE: The lessons we all need to learn to deal with climate disasters Women forced to 'give birth by the side of the road' after floods devastate Pakistan Teen pilot avoids typhoons, wildfires, a North Korean missile during solo flight around the world Typhoon dislodges iconic pumpkin sculpture on Japanese island South Korea's weather agency said Hinnamnor was over the open sea 280km northeast of Ulleung island… Read full this story
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