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Busan film festival venue destroyed by typhoon

Debris from the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in the aftermath of typhoon Chaba.

6 Oct – Typhoon Chaba struck South Korea's Jeju Island as well as other major areas including venues for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Wednesday, killing at least five people while five more are missing.

The heavy rainstorms have flooded the country's main port and industrial sites, disrupting production, damaging property and causing panic among the people including the festival's organisers.

"I'm glad the typhoon didn't come on opening day, but I'm still very worried by the damage it's done to BIFF Village," said one festival organiser as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.

"We're bringing in as many people as possible to make sure the event goes according to plan."

Since it could take at least three to four days for the facilities to be reconstructed again, all of the events scheduled for BIFF Village would be relocated to the Dureraum Square at the Busan Festival Center.

The 21st BIFF will take place until 15 October 2016, screening a total of 299 movies from 69 countries, including 122 films that will premiere at the event.

(Photo source: afp.com)