September 04, 2020 08:26
North Korean TV ran real-time updates on Typhoon Maysak all Wednesday night, even dispatching reporters to the affected regions.
The official [North] Korean Central Television was giving updates every 30 minutes or every hour, even cutting into some of its regular programs, like dramas. On top of the constant emergency safety alerts, it showed local residents taking precautions against the typhoon.
Live weather broadcasts are rare in the North. There were none when Typhoon Lingling hit last year. But last week, the state television was also quick to cover typhoon Bavi, showing flood damage and recovery work.
This change in style comes as the North tries to recuperate from the economic damage caused not only by heavy rain but also the coronavirus epidemic. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has also been trying to improve his image as a caring leader who looks after people in times of crisis. Kim was shown earlier last month visiting a flood-ravaged village and ordering shelter and food aid.
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