North Korea: 133 dead and 395 people missing after floods

Published on : Monday, September 12, 2016

OzxeE9VY6iPqC1dkCpAO_full-300x169Over 35,000 houses were severely damaged, 69% of them were totally destroyed, the UN agency said in a statement. Moreover, 8,700 public buildings were affected by an increase in water caused by heavy rains. About 16,000 agricultural hectares were flooded and at least 140,000 people need emergency aid, according to the press release.

 

Sunday the official agency KCNA announced that “ten thousands homes” and public buildings were destroyed as well as numerous railways, roads, power lines and plants. Many farmlands were destroyed or flooded. According to KCNA residents of North Hamgyong Province are facing “great suffering”.

 

The aim is “to turn the area into the fairyland in the era of the Workers’ Party within this year by dint of army-people great unity, harmonious whole,” said party newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Monday.“The party regards the work for taking care of the people’s life in a responsible way as the most important affair and duty and has steadily created legendary stories about love for the people,” it added.

 
Lacking adequate infrastructure and facilities, North Korea is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, especially floods following a massive deforestation of hills. In 2012, floods have caused landslides after heavy rains causing 169 deaths, 400 missing and 212 200 flood victims and the destruction of 650 km2 of farm land, according to North Korean media.

 

 

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