DPRK Flood Damage Reports by KCNA

[Heavy rains in the past weeks have caused considerable flood damage in both parts of the Korean Peninsula. The DPRK Permanent Mission to the UN in New York has provided CanKor with a collection of articles appearing in the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that describe the damage caused to cropland, dwellings and industrial buildings. As of 28 July, the human toll of the floods was 23 lives lost, 8 injured, 4 missing and 8860 homeless. An appended spreadsheet itemizes losses and damage per city, county and province. See DPRK Data on Flood Damage-updated on Jul 28-2011. For pictures and a video of  some of the damage, see DPRK Hit by Heavy Rain Again on the new KCNA website. –CanKor.]

Photo by KCNA

DPRK Hit by Heavy Rain Again 

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) — Many areas of the DPRK have been seriously affected by heavy rainfalls again.

According to data available for the Hydro-meteorological Service, 100-500mm torrential rains came down in some areas of North and South Hwanghae, Kangwon and South Hamgyong provinces and Kaesong City from around 00:00 Tuesday to noon Thursday.

It rained 564mm, 469mm, 339mm and 337mm in South Hwanghae Province’s Chongdan, Pongchon and Kangryong counties and Haeju City respectively. And it rained 397mm in Kaesong City and 343mm, 333mm, 328mm in Kangwon Province’s Sepho, Phyonggang and Changdo counties respectively and 341mm in Phyongsan County, North Hwanghae Province.

The downpours severely damaged economic sectors in the afflicted areas. An initial survey shows more than 36 000 hectares of cropland were flooded in South Hwanghae Province, some 20 000 hectares of them being submerged. Thousands of dwelling houses and hundreds of industrial establishments, schools and public buildings were destroyed.

N. Hwanghae Province Suffers from Flood

Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) — North Hwanghae Province, the DPRK, has suffered seriously from flood.

According to initial results of a survey, more than 360 hectares of cropland have been flooded in Sohung County and over 650 hectares in the province. Roads, dwelling houses and public buildings were also destroyed in the province.

It rained more than 300mm in Sohung, Singye, Kumchon, Rinsan and Phyongsan counties from July 26 to 28.

A detailed survey is now under way and necessary measures have been taken to recover from the damage.

Photo by KCNA

Typhoon, Heavy Rain Cause Damage in DPRK 

Pyongyang, August 1 (KCNA) — The DPRK suffered human and material losses caused by typhoon-5 and torrential rains from late June to mid-July.

According to data available, windstorms and flood left dozens of people dead, wounded and missing.

Over 2 900 dwelling houses were wrecked throughout the country, 2 200 houses in South Hwanghae Province alone. More than 8 000 people are now living in makeshift buildings.

Nearly 60 000 hectares of farmland were submerged, buried or washed away, with this year’s grain output of the country likely to be seriously affected by the damage.

An estimated 170 industrial facilities and public buildings collapsed and landslides and broken revetments severed roads and bridges.

Besides, some 300 light poles, including a high-tension tower, fell down, cutting off electricity supply, while more than 8 400 roadside trees went over.

Downpour Batters DPRK Again

Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — A torrential rain as much as 50 to 80mm fell in some areas of South and North Hamgyong, Kangwon and South and North Hwanghae provinces from 18:00 Wednesday to 09:00 Thursday, according to data available at the Central Meteorological Research Institute.

It rained 89mm and 72mm respectively in Sepho and Cholwon counties, Kangwon Province, 85mm in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province and 70mm in Pukchong County, South Hamgyong Province.

55mm downpour hit Kilju County, Pukchong and Toksong counties from 03:00 to 06:00 Wednesday and from 00:00 to 03:00 Thursday.

The consecutive rainfalls have severely affected the people’s living and grain output throughout the country.

Photo by KCNA

Nationwide Relief Effort Launched for S. Hwanghae Province

Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — In the wake of human and material losses in the DPRK caused by typhoon-5 and heavy rains from late June to mid-July, a rain-triggered flood has harassed the country again from late July.

South Hwanghae Province has suffered most seriously from the flood.

The government has launched a nationwide effort to stabilize the flood victims’ living and rebuild wrecked dwelling houses and public buildings.

Ministries, national institutions and provincial people’s committees have sent food, drinking water, utensils, garments and other daily necessities to the flood-afflicted areas.

The ministries of agriculture, electric power industry, and land and environmental conservation have dispatched officials to learn about damages and find out what they should do to help the victims.

Cement, steel, timbers, plate glass and other emergency relief materials have been trucked to the damaged province.

Red Cross Relief Activities Launched in DPRK

Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — The Red Cross Society of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has launched relief activities for flood victims with flood damages getting serious in the country.

The society dispatched inspection teams to the flood-hit cities and counties of South Hwanghae and Kangwon provinces, Kaesong City and other areas to learn about damages and convey emergency relief materials to victims.

It has also rendered medical services to flood victims, while taking measures to prevent outbreak of epidemics.

Meanwhile, a number of Red Cross volunteers are taking part in relief activities in the afflicted areas.

The DPRK-resident delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is joining the relief work.

Damage from Heavy Rains

Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — Some areas of the DPRK have suffered damage from heavy rains from Wednesday afternoon.

According to results of an initial survey, the railway service between the Paekgumsan and Tonsan railway stations in South Hamgyong Province has been suspended by landslides from early Thursday morning.

A concrete bridge was destroyed in Pukchong County of the same province, cutting off road traffic.

Kaesong City has 105 hectares of rice field flooded and some 180m-long riverbank collapsed.

Photo by KCNA

Flood Damage Gets Serious in DPRK

Pyongyang, August 5 (KCNA) — The flood caused by heavy rainfalls in late July claimed some 30 lives in the DPRK, according to results of the latest survey.

Over 6 750 dwelling houses were destroyed in the disaster, leaving more than 15 800 people homeless.

Over 48 000 hectares of cropland were submerged, buried and washed away in the country, seriously affecting this year’s grain output.

Torrential rains and flood pulled down some 350 production facilities and public buildings and heavily damaged riverbanks, tide embankments and waterways.

Landslides wrecked railroads and severed bridges and roads extending more than 6 900 meters, making it difficult to supply relief goods and materials to the afflicted areas.

The largest victim is South Hwanghae Province.

DPRK Affected by Typhoon-9

Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) — The west coastal areas of Korea have been affected by typhoon-9.

According to information released by the Central Meteorological Research Institute, the typhoon has brought strong winds of 17 meters per second and much rain to South Hwanghae Province from 9 p.m. Sunday.

North Hwanghae Province has been battered by 15m/s winds and Nampho city by 11m/s from around 00:00 Monday.

With the typhoon moving northward, North and South Phyongan Provinces are likely to be hit by a heavy rain from Monday night.

The West Sea of Korea is expected to see 10-15m/s southeast winds and 4-6m waves and some coastal areas are likely to be visited by 50-70cm tidal waves.

See also DPRK Data on Flood Damage

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