Powerful Typhoon Lingling was approaching the Korean Peninsula on Saturday, forcing Seoul's government to activate alerts due to strong wind gusts and heavy rains.

Lingling, the 13th typhoon of the Pacific season, was at 11am local time (02:00 GMT) about 120 kilometers west of the South Korean coastal town of Boryeong, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Seoul, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration. EFE-EPA