Flooding in North Korea has destroyed “hundreds of hectares of crops” in the midst of a food shortage.
NORTH KOREA has been plagued by heavy flooding, which has exacerbated a national catastrophe that could result in tens of thousands of people going hungry.
Heavy rains have destroyed vast swaths of agriculture, forcing many to flee their homes. Around 5,000 people have been evacuated, and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed, according to KRT, the country’s public television.
It comes after the poor North said in June that it was facing a food crisis, raising the alarm in a country that has long battled to feed itself.
According to the article, river levees in the country’s South Hamgyong Province have fallen, causing “hundreds of hectares of farmland” to be submerged or lost.
Flooding has had a significant impact on the isolated country as a result of the government’s poor infrastructure and deforestation initiatives.
Floods caused by a series of typhoons last summer ruined farms and destroyed homes.
In June, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un stated that the country’s food situation was “tight,” and that much will depend on this year’s harvests.
According to an estimate released by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization last month, North Korea will face a food deficit of roughly 860,000 tonnes this year.
The organization warned that the country could face a “very lean phase.”
From Sunday to Tuesday, portions of North Hamgyong received more than 500mm of rain, according to Ri Yong Nam, deputy chairman of the State Hydro-Meteorological Administration.
“We expect more rain in August in many places, particularly the east coast area,” he added, adding that this might cause significant damage.
Homes were flooded up to their roofs, and bridges and dikes were damaged, according to footage from Pyongyang’s state-run KCTV.
As a result of North Korea’s self-imposed isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, commerce with Beijing, its economic lifeline, has slowed to a trickle.
In view of the imminent situation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong about the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to North Korea.
Following their phone chat on Friday, their offices have yet to expound on the concept.