Power mostly restored after blackout caused by Typhoon Lingling in S. Korea

This photo shows an overturned phone booth in central Seoul on Sept. 7, 2019, due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Lingling. (Yonhap). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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SEOUL, Sep 8, 2019, Yonhap. The state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said Sunday it has fixed most of the power failures caused by Typhoon Lingling, which brought heavy rains and strong winds the previous day, reported the Yonhap.

While more than 160,000 households across the country experienced a blackout, the KEPCO said it had restored the power supply to 99 percent of the affected homes as of 7:00 a.m.

Around 8,000 workers are currently making efforts to fully normalize the power supply across the nation, said the state-run firm, which supplies most of South Korea’s electricity.

Passenger flight service at the country’s southern resort island of Jeju is also returning to normal.

A total of around 400 flights in and out of Jeju International Airport were canceled on Friday and Saturday, when the island was under the influence of the typhoon.

According to airline and airport officials, some 500 flights will be put in service Sunday to transport passengers grounded at the airport.

Lingling, this year’s 13th typhoon packing strong winds, made landfall here Saturday, killing at least three people. Hundreds of other minor incidents, mostly uprooted trees, have also been reported throughout the nation.

Though most regions of the country have been out of its direct influence, some areas could have additional rain until Monday, according to weather officials. Local government officials urged people to take extra precaution against possible damage.

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