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Watching the River Overflow

Workers from the Pyongyang Railway Bureau shoveling a drainage ditch near a track bed (Photo: KCNA)

Torrential rain continues to inundate the DPRK.  The country has taken some measures to prevent damage, but now there is concern that the Taedong River will overflow.  KBS World reports:

North Korea says that the Daedong River, which runs through the North’s capital city of Pyongyang, could overflow as heavy torrential rain is pounding the North.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Friday that Pyeongyang City, South Pyeongan and Hwanghae provinces saw about 50 to 150 millimeters of precipitation until Friday and called for measures to cope with a potential flood in a reservoir in the Nam River.

If the Daedong River overflows, it could flood lowland areas and farmlands in Pyongyang.

South Korea’s weather agency forecasts up to 150 millimeters of rain in Hwanghae and Hamgyeong provinces and 20 to 60 millimeters of precipitation in Pyeongan province until Saturday night.

The premises of KPA Unit #963 showing signs of recent rain in the DPRK (Photo: KCNA)

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