Sunday, August 08, 2010

Devastating flooding in North Korea

North Korean television has confirmed a devastating flood has occurred. Local media has produced pictures of flooding and devastation in farming areas in Jagang, South Hamgyong and northern Pyongan provinces, with reports of casualties and many homes destroyed in torrential rains.

The official Korean Central News Agency has reported nearly 40,000 acres of farmland were submerged and over 6,000 homes, public buildings and facilities were destroyed by the floods. Landslides caused by the torrential rains wrecked bridges and roads and also resulted in power failures, according to KCNA.

North Korean State media often only reports news days or weeks after the actual event.

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