Thousands of homes, farms hit by floods in North Korea: State TV – News Vibe24

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    SEOUL: More than a thousand homes were damaged and about 5,000 people were evacuated after floods caused by heavy rains in North Korea, the country’s state broadcaster said, while parts of rural areas were also flooded.
    The TV report comes as the impoverished North admitted in June that it was facing a food crisis, ringing the alarm bell in a country with a deadly agricultural sector that has long struggled to feed itself.
    Last month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said North Korea was facing a food shortage of about 860,000 tonnes this year, warning that the country could face a “tough period of fat”.
    Footage from Pyongyang’s state-run KCTV showed houses flooded to their roofs, as well as bridges that appeared to be damaged.
    The report states that “hundreds of hectares of farmland” sank or were lost in the southern province of Hamgyong, over homes and roads that were severely damaged as rivers collapsed.
    Natural disasters tend to have a greater impact on the isolated country due to its weak infrastructure, while deforestation has made it vulnerable to flooding.
    A series of hurricanes last summer also caused floods that damaged farmland and destroyed thousands of homes.
    Leader Kim Jong Un said in June that the food supply situation in the country was “strained” due to prolonged damage from the hurricane and called for measures to minimize the effects of natural disasters.
    North Korea is now isolating itself to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result trade with Beijing – its economic bailout – has slowed.

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