"Hundreds" Dead or Missing in Heavy Rains: DPRK

Hundreds were dead or missing in Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) after floods and landslides caused by heavy rains destroyed tens of thousands of houses and buildings, official media said Friday.

"The heavy rains have left hundreds of people dead or missing across the country," said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) monitored here.

"Tens of thousands of houses and buildings were damaged, destroyed or inundated. Bridges, roads and railways were also damaged in hundreds of different places," it said.

The poverty-stricken country was hit by torrential rains after a powerful typhoon lashed the Korean peninsula on July 10.

The downpours also ravaged vast swathes of farmland, a major blow for the hungry state which has long relied on international food handouts after failed harvests.

The rains also triggered landslides and flash floods in South Korea, leaving 50 people killed or missing.

Source: AFP

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