Some areas of North Korea have received more than 100mm of rain over the last two days, according to the state media.
Both Shinuiju and Jangyeon County in Hwanghae Province received 102mm of rain on the 10th and 11th, Pyongyang Broadcast claimed today. “On the 11th from just 12AM to 3AM, Shinuiji received fully 61mm of rain,” it added.
Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) has corroborated the story, revealing, “Rain is still falling, with some areas getting pretty heavy rainfall, including Shinuiju in North Pyongan Province and Sariwon in Hwanghae with 107mm, Yongyeon 97mm, Haeju 71mm and Kaesong 43mm.”
There are concerns over possible flood damage as a result of the rainfall, especially in North Korea where infrastructure is very susceptible to damage.
“It is still raining, so we’ll have to wait and see over the next few days,” an official with the KMA commented. “If it keeps raining like it has been for the last two days, then we could be facing damage similar to that which happened last year.”
According to a Ministry of Unification assessment at the time, last year’s extremely wet rainy season caused widespread damage focused on the Shinuiju area, including 78,000 hectares of flooded farmland, several thousand homes devastated, 150 coal pits flooded and tens of thousands of tons of coal swept away; several hundred factories, businesses and public buildings damaged; and roads and river embankments flooded and/or destroyed.