North eastern DPRK inundated by floods

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DPRK floods (Copyright: WFP/Michael Dunford)

Heavy seasonal rains over the past two weeks have resulted in flooding in many parts of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea.

And, the United Nations has dispatched assessment teams to a number of areas in (DPRK) that the government has identified as the most badly affected by flooding.

The government reported that the provinces of North and South Pyongan are particularly severely affected.

It says in its initial assessment that there was extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure with more than 45,000 people made homeless across the country, mostly in the two provinces of North and South Pyonang.

The government also reports that farmland has been inundated with some 10,000 hectares affected and nearly 1,000 hectares of crops destroyed.

The Red Cross (IFRC) reports that Anju City, South Pyongyang province is 80% flooded after the Chongchon River caused embankments to break in the early hours of Sunday 21 July 2013.

IFRC says there are conflicting reports on the number of casualties with figures varying between 8 and 24 deaths and 14 people missing.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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