Drought hits crops in North Korea

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PY­ONGYANG: North Korea said yes­ter­day a se­vere drought has been af­fect­ing the coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar the south-west coast prov­inces, for two months, while a na­tion­wide cam­paign for pre­vent­ing drought dam­age is be­ing or­gan­ised by govern­ment.

The Korean Cen­tral News Agency said a long spell of drought has lin­gered in the south-west­ern coastal ar­eas since April, with­er­ing crops.

“Gra­naries in North and South Hwang­hae prov­inces have been heav­ily af­fected by the drought,” it said.

Drought had also dried up 30% of the reser­voirs across the coun­try.

Sol­diers, stu­dents and chil­dren have been mo­bilised to help farm­ers re­store tens of thou­sands of wells and hun­dreds of reser­voirs and dammed wa­ter pools.

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