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Typhoon Lingling - Sep 2019

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Disaster types
Tropical Cyclone

Lingling formed on 2 September 2019 as a tropical depression and strengthened quickly into a tropical storm and then as a typhoon. According to GDACS, Typhoon Lingling, or typhoon 13 as it is named in DPRK, can have a high humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, heavy rain fall, potential storm surges, exposed population, and vulnerability. As the typhoon is currently forecasted to make landfall in south western DPRK, 5.3 million people are estimated to be exposed to the typhoon. (IFRC, 6 Sep 2019)

8 deaths have been reported following Tropical Cyclone LINGLING's passage over the Korean Peninsula on 6-7 September. In North Korea, national authorities report 5 fatalities and three injured people, while in South Korea three people died in the north-western area of the country, and 33 others have been injured. Strong winds and floods caused damage to at least 460 houses and 46,200 hectares of crops in North Korea. Damage to houses and public buildings occurred in South Korea as well, with 38 people evacuated in Gwangju (south-west South Korea) and 160,000 households experiencing power outage. Moderate rainfall will continue to affect western Korean Peninsula on 9-10 September. (ECHO, 9 Sep 2019)