SEOUL 133 dead, hun­dreds miss­ing in floods

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SE­VERE flood­ing in a North Korean border re­gion has killed at least 133 peo­ple with an­other 395 miss­ing and thou­sands of homes swept away, the UN said, af­ter Py­ongyang re­ported “great hard­ship” in the area.

Some 107,000 peo­ple have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tu­men River, the world body said yes­ter­day which cited Py­ongyang gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

The North’s of­fi­cial me­dia has de­scribed the down­pour which led to the floods near the north­east­ern border with China and Rus­sia as the worst for decades, and said it brought se­vere hard­ship to res­i­dents.

More than 35,500 houses have been hit by the lat­est floods, with 69 per­cent of them com­pletely de­stroyed, and 8700 pub­lic build­ings dam­aged, the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA) said.

Around 16,000 hectares (39,540 acres) of farm­land have been in­un­dated and at least 140,000 peo­ple ur­gently need help, it said.

The im­pov­er­ished na­tion is vul­ner­a­ble to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, es­pe­cially floods, due partly to de­for­esta­tion and poor in­fra­struc­ture. Ma­jor state re­sources are swal­lowed up by a mis­sile and nu­clear weapons pro­gram.

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