Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Koreas fall victim to Asian floods
South Korean military have been ordered to help relief efforts
North and South Korea have issued nationwide alerts as they prepare to take the full brunt of Typhoon Olga.
Forecasters are warning neighbouring countries to prepare for bad weather too - another storm system is building behind Olga in the Pacific and could hit Japan at the weekend.
Having suffered from a series of droughts and floods over the past four years, North Korea is now reporting heavy storm damage to crops, buildings and communications.
In the South, ports have been closed with road, air and rail communications severely disrupted. President Kim Dae-jung has ordered the military to assist with relief efforts and to shore-up embankments and dykes.
Tens of thousands homeless
Elsewhere in East Asia, heavy seasonal rains have caused havoc, killing at least another 40 and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
Around 40,000 people have been evacuated from their homes by the Philippine army using amphibious vehicles and rubber dinghies. Thousands of others have been forced onto the roofs of their homes to await rescue.
Schools, offices and government ministries in the capital were also closed and trading on the national stock exchange and foreign currency markets has been suspended.
"This is definitely one of the worst rainfalls we have had in years," Rolu Encarnacion, chief of the flood forecasting centre. "We expect more rains in the next two days."
In Thailand at least six people have been killed as the country experiences some of its heaviest flooding in three decades.
Thousands have been evacuated and officials are said to be considering dynamiting a number of roads to release trapped flood waters caused by three days of non-stop rains.
Officials are also keeping a close eye on water levels in the Mekong which is continuing to rise.
"We have not put out an alert yet," one official is quoted as saying. "But, with the amount of rain and high level of water in the Mekong river, we are all prepared."
Authorities there have appealed for emergency food for more than 20,000 homeless and reconstruction aids to patch up bridges and roads.
Fishing villages along the central coastal province have been devastated by the floods with more than 100 boats washed out to sea. Local reports say 17 people were killed in the province with another 12 listed as missing.