N.Korea Reeling from Flood Damage

  • By Kim Myong-song

    September 19, 2016 10:03

    North Koreans sit on a roof waiting to be rescued in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province in this photo provided by a North Korean source.

    Flooding in the North Korean province of North Hamgyong bordering China early this month left 138 people dead and about 400 others missing while thousands lost their homes.

    The UN resident coordinator in Pyongyang last Friday said the floods were the most damaging in recent years, according to VOA. "About 140,000 people are described as being in urgent need, having lost their homes and belongings, with some 600,000 others affected by a loss of drinking water," VOA added.

    Torrential rains brought by Typhoon Lionrock flooded the Duman River and huge amounts of water gushed into plains one or two times. But it is not known yet exactly why such amounts of water was discharged, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

    North Korean state media showed scenes of devastation in the province. Describing the flood as the biggest disaster since 1945, North Korean propaganda outlet Naenara said, "Casualties have reached several hundreds, including those dead and missing, and some 68,900 people lost their homes."

    "About 11,600 houses were destroyed and some 29,800 others suffered huge damage," it added.

    The North has reportedly asked international organizations and nine Asian nations for relief. But sentiment "is against assistance to the North amid increasing calls for tougher sanctions in response to its latest nuclear test," a government source here said.

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