Death toll from flooding from torrential rain raised to 169 in North Korea

August 4, 2012NORTH KOREA Floods which hit parts of North Korea in the past few weeks have killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency announced on Saturday, sharply updating earlier casualty figures. The floods and torrential rain between late June and the end of July also made 212,200 people homeless and washed away or inundated 65,280 hectares of cropland, the agency said. United Nations agencies have visited the worst-hit areas to assess aid needs and the World Food Program (WFP) is sending an initial shipment of emergency food aid. North Korea suffered a famine in the 1990s that killed hundreds of thousands and still struggles to feed its people even in normal times. It had been estimated by UN agencies, even before the current deluge, that three million people would need food aid this year. More than 8600 houses were destroyed and another 43,770 swamped, and more than 1400 schools, hospitals and factories collapsed, the news agency said.Official media had previously reported 119 deaths, with 84,000 people made homeless and 45,370ha of farmland damag ed. The WFP said its initial assistance would provide victims with an initial ration of 400 grams of maize a day for 14 days, after the UN assessment mission found considerable damage to maize, soybean and rice fields. The mission has said immediate food aid is needed for residents of the worst-hit counties such as Anju and Songchon in South Pyongan province and Chonnae in Kangwon province. It also stressed that tens of thousands of families urgently need clean drinking water to prevent disease. Wells had been contaminated by overflowing latrines, creating a high risk of a diarrhoea outbreak, while floods had damaged water sources and pumping stations. Citing North Korean government figures, the UN mission said about 50,000 families would need purification tablets or other help to secure clean water. –The Australian
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1 Response to Death toll from flooding from torrential rain raised to 169 in North Korea

  1. Lee H says:

    Yet they have an army of over 1 million soldiers, all well equipped and fed!
    N. Korea’s leadership truly are scum!


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