• N. Korea Leader Visits Flooded Village, Orders Support For Victims

Farmland in eastern Pyongyang is flooded after heavy rains, in this photo captured from North Korea's Korean Central Television on August 6, 2020.
Farmland in eastern Pyongyang is flooded after heavy rains, in this photo captured from North Korea's Korean Central Television on August 6, 2020.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a flood-damaged village in North Hwanghae Province after recent heavy rains left more than 800 homes in the area inundated or destroyed.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday that during Kim's visit to the Taechong-ri area of Unpha County, he ordered officials to send his special stock of grain to people suffering from the flood.

Kim was quoted as saying, "It is of priority importance to quickly supply sleeping materials, daily commodities, medicines and other necessities to the flood-affected people to stabilize their living as early as possible."

The leader called on officials to "responsibly conduct the work of putting up the residents who lost their homes at offices, including those at the Party committee, and public buildings among other places.

He also mobilized the army and ordered their urgent deployment to wrecked houses, roads and zones and told officials to help facilitate the use of necessary supplies, such as cement in rebuilding damaged sites.

According to the KCNA, nearly 730 homes and 600 hectares of rice fields were flooded and 179 homes destroyed after a levee broke as heavy rainfall pounded the country.

No casualties were reported.

The North earlier issued special heavy rain warnings for the Pyongan, Hwanghae and Jagang provinces, as well as Kaesong and other parts of the country.

<Photo: Yonhap News>

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