Typhoon Lingling
North Korean farmers in South Hwanghae Province cleaning up a damaged farm field after Typhoon Lingling in 2019. (Rodong Sinmun)

Torrential rains have caused a string of casualties and property damage throughout North Hwanghae Province.

According to a Daily NK source in North Korea, about 60 homes were flooded and fields destroyed in Unpa County and Koksan County, North Hwanghae Province, during recent monsoon rains.

In particular, the authorities carried out an emergency evacuation in certain regions of Unpa County when water from rivers swollen by torrential rains flooded dozens of nearby houses in the middle of the night.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un carried out on-site guidance in Unpa County in August 2020 to survey flood damage. However, the region has gone into a state of emergency due to a repeat of flood damage this year.

In Koksan County, strong winds blew the roofs off homes, while torrential rains poked holes in or collapsed the walls of houses.

More seriously, the rains have caused casualties, including five people who were seriously injured and three lightly injured when the clay and straw walls of four homes collapsed.

Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, and people who lost their homes have taken residence in a temporary shelter set up in a local school.

The source said the losses were incurred because the homes were old and built of clay and straw.

“On government orders, measures to prevent flood damage were taken, including the construction of levees along waterways, but they did not ensure the quality of construction, and with so much rain falling, there was damage to property and injuries,” he said.

“We can’t know whether the state of damage was reported to Pyongyang, but there will probably be more flood damage until the rainy season stops,” said the source. “Cadres from the county party committees and county people’s committees in Unpa County and Koksan County are currently trying to understand the extent of the flood damage.”

Translated by David Black. Edited by Robert Lauler.

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Kim Chae Hwan is one of Daily NK's full-time journalists. He can be contacted at dailynkenglish@uni-media.net.