Floods in North Korea, July 2013

Two people have been reported killed by floods in North Korea in the last few days. Around 760 people have been left homeless as a result of the floods.

The central part of the country had endured heavy rain since Thursday last week (11th Jul) with some areas seeing as much as 20cm.

The heavy rainfall has lasted several days and has left huge areas of farmland flooded in the South Hamkyong, North Hwanghae and Kangwon provinces. A first estimate puts the size of the damaged farmland at around 1,720 acres. Further heavy rainfall is expected, putting further pressure on Korea’s agricultural sector. In the last floods and storms have led to crop failures and food shortages in the country.

The floods have also affected parts of South Korea, with some houses damaged and flights diverted. No deaths in South Korea have been reported.

In July last year North Korea suffered some of the worst flooding in its history, leaving eighty-eight people and sixty two thousand people without homes. That year the floods were started by Tropical Storm Khanun, which hit the region in July 2012.

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sources: Korea Herald