More than 1,100 homes in North Korea were damaged, thousands of people were evacuated and farms and roads washed away after days of heavy rains caused flooding, state media reported.
The reports come as concerns mount over crop damage and the potential impact on the food supply in North Korea, which has been cut off from most foreign imports and aid by self-imposed border restrictions to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, as well as international aid. sanctions .
Heavy rainfall has hit several areas on the east coast, including North and South Hamgyong provinces, state broadcaster KRT reported Thursday.
Television images showed how houses were flooded to their roofs and bridges and dikes were washed away.
The deputy head of the State Hydro-Meteorological Administration, Ri Yong Nam, told the broadcaster that parts of northern Hamgyong recorded more than 500mm of rain from Sunday to Tuesday, while parts of southern Hamgyong recorded the average monthly rainfall in those days. days exceeded.
We revealed extensive flood damage in North Korea using satellite imagery on Weds, now KCTV admits it with video of the broken bridges, destroyed houses and fields in the exact same areas
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“We expect more rain in August in several regions, including the east coast area, which could cause further damage,” he said.
In June, leader Kim Jong Un said the country was facing a “tense” food situation and that much would depend on this year’s harvests.
For months, state media have shown how to prop up levees and improve ditches, bridges and other infrastructure to prevent damage from flooding.
During a phone call on Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong discussed the prospect of humanitarian aid to North Korea, their offices said in statements.
They didn’t expand it.
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