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Busan Festival Buffeted Before It Begins as Typhoon Brushes By

Busan festival organizers had a few more last minute preparations than expected as Typhoon Chaba blew into southern Korea one day ahead of the festival’s opening night.

Parts of Busan, Ulsan and Jeju Island were reported to have received some 600mm (25 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to Wednesday noon, as strong winds disrupted transport and damaged property.

Local authorities report that a tower crane in Busan collapsed killing one man. In another incident in the city, an old woman was blown off her balcony to her death.

The festival reported that the BIFF Village, a temporary public structure made from shipping containers, had been damaged and would not be fully repaired for a few days. The festival announced that more than 20 hand printing ceremonies, open air film conferences and fan events would be relocated from the Village’s beachside location to the Dureraum Square at the Busan Festival Center some 2km away.

The transport plans of early traveling festival attendees and executives was also disrupted. Seoul’s Gimpo airport, which handles most domestic flights to and from the capital, halted all flights to Busan late morning Wednesday. Authorities report that some 120 flights were cancelled Wednesday.

That forced some visitors including Variety correspondent Naman Ramachandran to take to the railways instead. However, surface transport was not immune either. Train services on the KRX Express lines were also temporarily halted as the storm caused power outages.

By late afternoon authorities lifted the bad weather warnings as Chaba headed North Eastwards towards Japan.

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