Typhoon kills 11 in S Korea, rescue efforts underway

SEOUL

The death toll from the Typhoon Mitag has risen to 11 after it struck South Korea late Wednesday, the safety officials confirmed on Friday.

At least three others are still missing after the typhoon swept across the country late Wednesday into Thursday morning, mainly affecting southern and eastern regions.

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters announced that more than 700 people were displaced as the storm wreaked havoc by causing flash floods and landslides, according to the local broadcaster KBS.

With search and rescue efforts ongoing, Seoul’s Land Ministry estimated that it will take until the end of the month to carry out safety and maintenance works on road damage.

Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in said via social media that the government is doing all it can to support the recovery of affected regions.

Mitag was the seventh typhoon to affect the Korean Peninsula so far this year.
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