Residents and cars are stranded in a flood water from torrential rains of Typhoon Rusa in Gangneung, 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002.
SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Some 200 people are dead or missing as the most powerful typhoon in more than four decades ripped through South Korea over the weekend, officials said Monday.
The government disaster agency said that 127 people were dead and 71 were missing from floodwaters and landslides triggered by Typhoon Rusa that slammed into the country for two days.
"The death toll is expected to go up as the searches for the missing or buried people are still going on," said Kim Jin-young, a director at the National Disaster Prevention Headquarters. "Reports of casualties are still coming in from throughout the country."
Property losses were estimated at $262 million and are expected to soar, anti-disaster officials said. The typhoon damaged more than 511 buildings and flooded more than 17,000 homes and 41,000 hectares of farmland across the nation, the agency said.