• Kyle Sooley-Brookings

Typhoon Bavi Causes Damage in Japan, South Korea, and North Korea


By NASA’s Terra satellite for the MODIS imagery - EOSDIS Worldview

Laura is not the only major cyclone causing damage around the world. Typhoon Bavi is also causing damage in South Korea and North Korean.


Bavi caused minimal damage in portions of South Korea and Japan but caused widespread structural damage and flooding in North Korea.


In South Korea, as a precaution over 470 flights were cancelled and railroad services were halted. Public parks were also closed for the typhoon. One person died in Jeju island on August 25. Heavy rainfall was also reported in the island with a maximum amount of 399.5 mm being reported near Mount Halla.


Despite a close pass to mainland South Korea, the damage was minimal, consisting mostly of power outages, broken windows, and downed trees. Roughly 1,600 households in South Korea lost power.


North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, held a high-level political conference where he voiced his concerns about Typhoon Bavi and the COVID-19 Pandemic. In North Korea, snapped utility poles and trees were reported near Bavi’s landfall location, as well as flooded roads. A peak precipitation amount of 223.774 mm was reported in Anju. Several homes and public buildings were damaged in the North and South Hwanghae provinces.


In Japan, Bavi caused wind gusts of 96 km/h on the island of Okinawa. Large waves associated with Bavi were reported as far away as Kagoshima Prefecture.


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