In the News – Pyongyang Says Floods Kill Scores, Hurt Crops
SEOUL—North Korea said heavy rain caused by a typhoon killed nearly 90 people, destroyed thousands of homes and submerged a large amount of farmland.
Seoul-based analyst Kwon Tae-jin said the flooding is expected to worsen North Korea’s chronic food shortage because it comes soon after a severe drought.
The official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that rains over the past month killed 88 people and left more than 60,000 homeless.
It said that about 11,860 hectares of cropland were washed away and 63,500 hectares submerged.
The United Nations said last month that two-thirds of North Korea’s 24 million people face chronic food shortages.