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DPRK central regions suffer from heavy rainstorms

July 13, 2013, 7:41 UTC+3

More than 700 people have lost their homes

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PYONGYANG, July 13 (Itar-Tass) - Two people died in North Korea due to floods caused by heavy rains. Most precipitation levels - from 200 to 400 millimeters - were registered since Tuesday in the central areas of the country, the KCNA news agency says. Powerful rainstorms hit the country’s capital city, the cities of Suncheon and Anju. More than 700 people have lost their homes. Under the water were 1.7 thousand hectares of agricultural land.

Local weather forecasts are disappointing. Heavy rains are expected in the DPRK again on Sunday. Hurricane-force winds will affect the eastern and west coasts of the country.

As a rule, North Korea is preparing in advance for upcoming rain seasons, which come in July. Leading newspapers on those days publish articles on how to combat the effects of floods. The media urge to follow the example of advanced cooperators who have decided well beforehand to care and preserve their farms in emergency situations.

According to official figures, last summer typhoons and floods killed more than 300 people in North Korea, and 600 were injured. The natural disasters have caused enormous material damage. Most affected were coal mining complexes, which belong to the country’s northern coalfield. As the equipment failed, the coal production became very problematic. In the DPRK’s fuel and energy balance, the share of coal exceeds 80 percent.

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