Floods kill 88 people in N. Korea – Media + Photos
Laaska News July 30, 2012
North Korean state media has reported that heavy rains stemming from a typhoon have killed at least 88 people and injured 134 more.
The Korean Central News Agency says the heavy rain that fell from the 18th to the 24th this month led to numerous floods across North Korea. Conditions were especially bad in South Pyongan Province, in the west of the country.
Over 5,000 houses were destroyed and about 12,000 inundated. Some 62,000 people were left homeless.
The agency also says over 25,000 hectares of farmland were submerged, meaning North Korea’s food shortages could get even worse.
North Koreans have suffered from severe floods for the last two years, leading to calls to provide better flood protection along rivers.
More heavy rain is expected on Monday.
Jul. 29, 2012 – Updated 21:08 UTC (06:08 JST).