The Latest: Typhoon leaves at least 5 dead in North Korea

The Latest: Typhoon leaves at least 5 dead in North Korea
Pedestrians shield themselves from wind and rain brought by Typhoon Lingling Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The typhoon passed along South Korea’s coast has toppled trees, grounded planes and caused at least two deaths before making landfall in North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on Typhoon Lingling (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

North Korean state media say Typhoon Lingling has left five people dead and three injured after battering the country.

It’s the North’s first official disclosure of casualties since the storm made landfall in the country on Saturday.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday that the typhoon left 460 houses and 15 public buildings destroyed, damaged or inundated. It said 46,200 hectares of farmland were buried or inundated.

KCNA said the typhoon hit North Korea from 2 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday. It said active recovery work was underway in typhoon-afflicted areas.

Before reaching North Korea, the typhoon hit South Korea, killing three people.


1:55 p.m.

South Korea is surveying the impact of one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Korean Peninsula, but the country appears to have escaped widespread damage.

The country’s interior ministry says it is reviewing the damage from Typhoon Lingling and engaging in recovery work. The storm killed three people, damaged buildings and knocked out power to about 161,640 homes.

Typhoon Lingling swept along South Korea’s west coast on Saturday before making a landfall in North Korea. North Korea hasn’t publicized possible typhoon-related damage.

The storm was moving near Russia’s Vladivostok as of Sunday morning.