Hurricane Haishen towards South Korea, more evacuations in Japan

In South Korea preparations are being made for the arrival of Hurricane Haishen today. About a thousand people have been evacuated and national parks and train stations have been closed as a precaution. Air traffic is largely flat.

The heavy hurricane causes strong winds and a lot of rain. “The wind hits an area twice as large as the Netherlands,” says correspondent Kjeld German in the radio programme With an eye 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 have already caused nearly five thousand people in the far south of South Korea to run out of electricity.

Last day Haishen travelled along the southern islands of Japan. According to the national news channel NHK, 32 people were injured. “There are half a million households without power,” says correspondent German. “On social media you see how scared people are. People write that their whole house is cracking and shaking. That it’s worse than they expected. And this area is used to extreme weather.”

The Japanese government is evacuating nearly six million people in eleven provinces. Evacuation centers in Japan could only be filled by half because of the coronavirus. So many people are forced to take shelter with their families. People have also moved into hotels, Germany knows. “They’re packed.”

Hurricane Haishen is expected on the coast of North Korea tonight. This weekend 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.