Typhoon batters Korean peninsula, at least 9 dead

At least nine people have been killed, mostly drowned in flooding, after a typhoon battered South Korea, a...

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At least nine people have been killed, mostly drowned in flooding, after a typhoon battered <country-region w:st="on">South Korea</country-region>, a disaster official said on Monday, while impoverished <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">North Korea</country-region> braced for huge waves and torrential rain.

Lee Gon-hee of the Central Disaster and Safety Control Centre in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Seoul said a further three people were missing after

Typhoon Meari skirted the west coast of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Korea</country-region> at the weekend.

Meari, the Korean word for "echo," was due to make landfall in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">North Korea</country-region> early on Monday.

The North's KCNA state news agency warned residents in the coastal areas of <placename w:st="on">South<placename w:st="on">Hamgyong<placetype w:st="on">Province and <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Kangwon<placetype w:st="on">Province to be ready for "tidal waves."

Dozens of domestic flights were cancelled in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Korea</country-region> on Sunday and ships ordered to stay in port. Authorities said international flights were not affected.

The historic Chilgok bridge in North Gyeongsang, built to honour soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, partially collapsed at the weekend after the <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Nakdong<placetype w:st="on">River flooded.

The same typhoon left nearly 30 people dead or missing in the <country-region w:st="on">Philippines</country-region> and <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Vietnam</country-region> last week.