August 10, 2020 12:41
North Korea has been devastated by torrential downpours, with the breadbasket region of Hwanghae as well as some parts of Pyongyang sustaining serious flood damage.
The state-run Rodong Sinmun daily on Sunday said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a flood-hit region in North Hwanghae Province and ordered the military to assist in recovery efforts.
"Military units are arriving back-to-back at the damaged areas," the daily claimed, "and soldiers delved into recovery efforts as soon as they threw off their rucksacks."
State TV reported that around some 6 sq.km of farmland has been inundated in North Hwanghae Province after a levee broke, while around 730 homes were flooded and another 179 collapsed.
Kim took the unprecedented step of releasing military stocks of food and other supplies to be sent to the flood-stricken region. The move appears aimed at appeasing mounting public discontent amid international sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.
The daily reported that the downpours had a "considerable" impact on farms in the region, while efforts are under way to drain floodwaters. State TV showed footage of swelling waters along the Daedong River that flows through Pyongyang and warned residents to take precautions.
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