World|life|August 24, 2018 / 04:03 PM
2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan

AKIPRESS.COM - A weakening typhoon brushed by metropolitan Seoul Friday after battering southern South Korea with heavy rain and high winds, leaving one person missing and a slew of damaged buildings, canceled flights and power outages, ABC News reported.

Japan's weather agency downgraded a separate storm from typhoon strength after it crossed a swath of the western part of the country overnight.

South Korea's weather agency said Yyphoon Soulik's force has diminished as it moved northeast but was still expected to pound the country's mountainous eastern region with strong rain and winds before exiting the peninsula in the afternoon.

North Korea reported heavy rain in its east coast city of Wonsan and in neighboring Munchon, which were lashed by 33.8 centimeters (13 inches) and 62.5 centimeters (24.5 inches) of rain respectively. No details were immediately available on whether anyone had been injured. The North's capital of Pyongyang, which is also its biggest city, received only a relatively mild rainfall Friday.

South Korea's government said a man in his 30s was injured and a 23-year-old woman was missing after she was apparently swept away in southern Jeju island Wednesday night. A 16-year-old boy was injured in Goheung, a southern mainland county, after a wall collapsed on Thursday.

About 22,000 power outages were reported at homes, buildings and farms in the southern regions and more than 700 flights were canceled on Thursday. No major damages have been reported in Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area, where about half of the country's 50 million people live.

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