(2nd LD) Flight operations partially resume on Jeju Island

Flight operations on the southern island of Jeju, which was hit by heavy rain and strong winds for two days, partially resumed Friday, airport authorities said.

A domestic flight departing from Seoul arrived at Jeju International Airport at 10:10 a.m., they said. The airport had reported the cancellation of 488 flights as of 10 a.m.

Weather authorities have issued alerts for high winds and wind shear, referring to sudden changes in wind direction, since Thursday, when 243 flights were canceled.

Jeju's Seogwipo region experienced downpours of an accumulated 365.6 millimeters of rain from Wednesday to noon Friday, with 287.8 mm recorded Thursday, the highest daily record since 1961, weather authorities said.

The heavy rains and strong winds have left over 10,000 people stranded, including some 6,000 students from 33 schools on field trips.

Source: Yonhap News Agency