Hurricane Haishen reaches South Korea, more evacuations in Japan

In South Korea national parks and train stations have been closed due to hurricane Haishen. Air traffic is also largely flat.

Last night Haishen landed in the port city of Ulsan.

The heavy hurricane is accompanied by strong winds and a lot of rain. “The wind hits an area twice the size of the Netherlands”, says correspondent Kjeld German in radio program With a view to tomorrow. “And the rainfall is hitting an area larger than the distance between Amsterdam and Madrid. It’s really a monster of a storm.”

The strong winds in the far south of South Korea have already caused nearly five thousand people to run out of electricity.

Some streets are flooded and the strong wind causes nuisance in South Korea:

Haishen visited the southern islands of Japan last day. According to the national news channel NHK, 32 people were injured.

“In addition, half a million households are without electricity,” says the German correspondent. “On social media you see how scared people are. People write that their whole house is cracking and shaking and that it’s worse than they expected, while this area is accustomed to extreme weather”

The Japanese government evacuated nearly six million people in eleven provinces. Evacuation centres in Japan could only be filled to half capacity because of the coronavirus. As a result, many people are forced to take shelter with their families. People have also been accommodated in hotels, says German. “They are now packed.”

Hurricane Haishen is expected tonight on the coast of North Korea. Meteorologists think the hurricane will weaken into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the part of the coast where another hurricane took place last week. He called on members of his Labour Party to help with repairs.