Last Updated: Friday, September 16, 2016

North Korean floods 2016 kill 138 — Worst disaster since WWII

Flooding - Humanitarian Snapshot (OCHA)
Recent floods in North Korea have claimed lives of at least 138 people and left more than 400 people missing.

"The flood that resulted from the typhoon Lionrock that hit North Hamgyong province from August 29 to September 2 was the worst disaster since liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945," AFP reported quoting the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency.

According to the government, more than 35,500 houses have been damaged, 69 per cent of which have been completely destroyed, and a further 8,700 buildings, including schools and public buildings, have been damaged.

"The army and people are all out in the flood recovery campaign in the northern areas of North Hamgyong Province," KCNA reported.

The United Nations World Food Program delivered emergency food assistance, including fortified biscuits and beans, to more than 140,000 people.

Flood that swept the area from August 29 to September 2 was the biggest disaster since the liberation of Korea —  KCNA 

"Marshal Kim Jong Un set the flood recovery in the northern part as the main thrust and the foremost front of the 200-day campaign and made sure that measures were taken to conduct recovery campaign as the one involving the entire Party and society," KCNA added.