Published:  04:32 PM, 08 September 2019

Powerful typhoon passes over North Korea

Powerful typhoon passes over North Korea

A powerful typhoon has passed over the Korean peninsula, causing disruption across South Korea and raising fears of crop damage in North Korea.

Typhoon Lingling killed three people in South Korea, forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and left tens of thousands of homes without power.

Scant information has emerged from North Korea, where leader Kim Jong-un held an emergency meeting on Friday.

There were concerns the storm could worsen already severe food shortages.

Earlier this year, the UN warned that up to 10 million North Koreans were "in urgent need of food assistance".

State media said Mr Kim scolded officials for their lack of action as Typhoon Lingling approached.

He described them as "helpless against the typhoon, unaware of its seriousness and seized with easygoing sentiment", Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The government was giving "primary attention" to the protection of crops as well as dams and reservoirs, KCNA said.

Residents in areas prone to flooding were being evacuated and "watchmen" were monitoring key infrastructure such as bridges and buildings, the agency added.

Lingling made landfall in South Korea on Saturday before heading north with winds gusting up to 140 km/h (86 mph), the South's Yonhap news agency reported.

The Japan Meteorological Agency showed the storm weakening considerably on Sunday as it continued overland into China.

South Korea is now recovering from the typhoon, according to Yonhap, with power restored to nearly all 160,000 affected homes and flights resuming.

Lingling packed the fifth-strongest winds of any typhoon to hit the country, the agency said.

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