High waves generated by Typhoon Sanba beat upon a coast in Yeosu, about 460 km (286 miles) south of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful Typhoon Sanba made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. (Photo : Reuters)
Typhoon Sanba battered Japan, North Korea and South Korea over the past 48 hours and will continue over the next day or two. The storm left at least two dead in its wake, according to officials.
Sanba hit Japan late Saturday/early Sunday and left many areas flooded and 67,000 homes without electricity. One man drowned while swimming in rough waters off the Japanese island of Ishigaki, the Coast Guard has confirmed.
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North Korea hasn't received too much of a lashing from the typhoon yet, but heavy rain and winds were reported in parts of the country early on Monday.
South Korea, however, wasn't as lucky. Heavy winds and rain knocked out electricity to homes and shops, caused one reported fatality, one reported injury and left 170 people homeless. According to the South Korean Transport Ministry, up to 332 flights and 170 ferry services were cancelled due to the weather.
The National Disaster Information Center in Seoul, South Korea has said that one resident died and another was injured in separate landslides in the North Gyeongsong Province.
The Center also reported that electricity has been restored to about 93 percent of the approximately 450,000 homes that had suffered power outages.
The storm is still raging and it is expected that the Gangwon Province in South Korea may receive up to 200mm of rain between 11:00am and midnight and parts of North Korea can expect the same tomorrow.
Last month, North and South Korea were hit by another typhoon - Bolaven. In North Korea that storm left 59 people dead and 26,320 homeless. In South Korea, Bolaven killed 15 residents and left five missing.