29 Aug 2012

Deadly typhoon hits South Korea

6:40 am on 29 August 2012

A typhoon battering South Korea has killed at least eight people and left 10 others missing.

Hundreds of flights were grounded, ferry services suspended and power cut to almost 200,000 homes as Typhoon Bolaven cast a trail of destruction through the country's south western and central regions.

Off the southern island of Jeju, the storm drove two Chinese fishing ships aground, sparking a dramatic rescue operation.

Sixteen Chinese crew were rescued and five bodies recovered, but 10 sailors remain missing.

Three other people have died in separate incidents during the storm on Tuesday, the BBC reports.

Bolaven is the strongest typhoon to hit the South Korea for almost a decade. It is now moving towards North Korea.