• N. Korean Media Highlight Concerted Typhoon Recovery Efforts

North Korean elite party members hold a mass rally at a plaza in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Sept. 8, 2020, to express their resolution help with with typhoon recovery efforts in the country's eastern regions in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency.
North Korean elite party members hold a mass rally at a plaza in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Sept. 8, 2020, to express their resolution help with with typhoon recovery efforts in the country's eastern regions in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea is making all-out efforts to recover from typhoon damage, state media reported Thursday, after the country was hit by three consecutive storms in recent weeks.

The last storm, Haishen, lashed the North's eastern regions on Monday.

Earlier, state media said about 12,000 elite party members in Pyongyang headed to the hard-hit Hamgyong Province to help with recovery work.

The newspaper of the North's ruling party, The Rodong Sinmun, carried commentary praising their efforts as "a devoted struggle."

The paper said elite party members arrived at the devastated areas Wednesday and went straight restoring damaged roads.

It was reported that around 60,000 meters of roads were damaged, 59 bridges had collapsed and over 3,500 meters of railway roadbeds were swept away in the Komdok area last week due to Typhoon Maysak.

The support was organized after leader Kim Jong-un urged party members in Pyongyang to take the lead in minimizing damage and help with rebuilding in a rare public letter.

Kim ordered recovery efforts to be complete by October 10, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party.

The move is apparently aimed at solidify internal unity amid deepening economic woes in the North, compounded by fallout from the new coronavirus and concerns about damage from the recent powerful storms.

<Photo: Yonhap News>
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