Tropical Storm Bolaven, once a massive typhoon, left at least 16 people dead in South Korea after pummeling the country with heavy wind and rain as it moved destructively along its coast, the authorities said Wednesday.
The storm had considerably weakened as it traveled north over the cooler waters of the Yellow Sea before making landfall in North Korea and China on Tuesday. Six Chinese fishermen died and nine remained missing after two boats capsized in stormy waters near Jeju Island, off the southern tip of the South Korean mainland, the maritime police said.
The search for those still unaccounted for continued Wednesday. Forecast Forecasters predicted Bolaven would move north-northeast through North Korea and decrease in strength over land Wednesday. The powerful storm disrupted transport, cut off power and damaged property in South Korea.
Hundreds of thousands of households lost power during the storm’s passage, the disaster agency said. By Wednesday, 34,000 remained without electricity. The storm prompted the cancellation of scores of flights, the suspension of nearly 100 ferry routes and the temporary closure of 27 roads, according to the agency.
Sixteen roads were still closed on Wednesday morning.