Food supply a concern amid N. Korea floods


PYONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered officials to give food and shelter for hundreds of families who lost their homes in floods, the KCNA state news agency reported.

Heavy rain across the Korean peninsula brought flooding to both North and South Korea in recent days, and concern is growing about damage to North Korean crops.

“It is of priority importance to quickly supply sleeping materials, daily commodities, medicines and other necessities to flood-

affected people to stabilise their living,” Kim said in comments carried by KCNA yesterday.

Kim made the remarks while inspecting a flood-hit part of North Hwanghae province, on the border of South Korea, as he “clarified tasks” for recovery work with officials there.

Torrential rain for several days inundated over 730 single-story houses, destroying 179 of them, and flooded rice-growing land, KCNA said. There were no reports of casualties.

Kim would also mobilise the army for rehabilitation, in particular work on homes and roads, and he called on architects to build 800 model houses in a badly hit farming village in Unpha county, KCNA said.

The rain during the harvest season in the rice-growing area is raising concern about North Korea’s food security.

North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper cited a study saying rice and corn would suffer if the crops were under water for just two or three days. — Reuters

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