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After storming South Korea with rain and wind, storm Khanun weakens as it blows into North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Flights and trains resumed and power was largely restored Friday after a tropical storm swept through South Korea, which was preparing a pop concert for 40,000 Scouts whose global Jamboree was disrupted by the weather.

Much of Khanun’s damage was concentrated in the southern and eastern regions of the country, where several towns and villages saw 30 to 40 centimeters (12 to 16 in) of rain. Dozens of houses and buildings were damaged, roads were closed and at least one person died.

Khanun had weakened by the time it reached the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area Thursday night, and it blew into North Korea as a tropical depression early Friday.

South Korean officials have lifted a nationwide warning over the storm and devoted much of their administrative resources to a K-pop concert Friday night at a Seoul football stadium as the closing event of the World Scout Jamboree.

The event took place at a coastal campground before Khanun forced a mass move to house the Scouts in university dormitories, government and corporate training centers, and hotels in the greater Seoul region and nearby areas.

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No major storm damage was reported in Seoul, where rain continued throughout the morning. In the nearby port city of Incheon, workers responded to flooded houses and collapsed walls.

In the southern inland city of Daegu, a 67-year-old man found near a blown-up stream was later pronounced dead and workers were still searching for another person who was dragged into a stream while using a wheelchair.

In Gangwon province, a mountainous area on the eastern coast that was drenched in some of Khanun’s heaviest downpours, aid workers in the coastal cities of Gangneung and Sokcho waded through brown rivers of thigh-high water that blanketed ancient streets.

Nearly 16,000 people, mostly in southern regions, were forced to evacuate ahead of the storm, but about 9,700 returned home on Friday, according to the Interior and Security Ministry.

The storm damaged or destroyed at least 64 roads and damaged about 50 homes and buildings. Most of the 46,484 homes that lost electricity were restored, according to the ministry.

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Authorities continued to restrict access to nearly 700 highways as the rain continued to fall, but there were no commercial flight cancellations scheduled for Friday.

North Korean state media had no immediate reports of damage caused by the storm. State media has previously described nationwide efforts to strengthen surveillance of roads, railways, bridges and coastlines and take measures to protect factory machinery and crops.

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