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DPRK Premier Tours Flooded Songchon and Sinyang Counties

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim (front row, 3rd L) views flood damage in South P’yo’ngan Province, caused by several days of torrential rain and typhoons (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 31 July (Tuesday) that DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim toured flood-ravaged areas of So’ngch’o’n County, South P’yo’ngan Province which is located approximately 27 miles (44 km) north east of Pyongyang, as well as neighboring Sinyang County.  During mid-July the DPRK saw a series of typhoons and torrential rains that caused heavy floods in the western part of the country.  The flooding has been exacerbated by ongoing problems with land management (i.e. deforestation) and rickety infrastructure.  According to DPRK state media reporting, 88 people have died, 134 have been injured and 60,000 people displaced.  Choe Yong Rim visited the town of So’ngch’o’n (the county seat) and two farms in the area.  According to KCNA, “he learnt in detail about the state of damage in various fields, acres of farmland being washed away or buried and the rehabilitation from flood damage. He also consoled the inhabitants in the flood-stricken areas.”

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim is briefed about flood damage in South P’yo’ngan Province. (Photo: KCNA)

Choe convened a meeting with local officials to discuss disaster relief work and reconstruction.  According to KCNA during the meeting Choe “underscored the need to energetically push ahead with the work for recovering from the flood damage and helping the flood-stricken inhabitants in the spirit of devotedly working for the society and collective.”  Choe also toured areas of Sinyang County.  After his visit, he referred to the problem of deforestation.  According to KCNA “he stressed the need to conduct afforestation for erosion control in a substantial way to suit the characteristic features of the region with lots of high mountains and valleys, and took necessary measures for them.”

KCNA reports:

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim went to Songchon County to acquaint himself with the state of rehabilitation from flood damage.

Going round the town area of Songchon, town co-op farm and Ryonghung Co-op Farm, he learnt in detail about the state of damage in various fields, acres of farmland being washed away or buried and the rehabilitation from flood damage. He also consoled the inhabitants in the flood-stricken areas.

He held a consultative meeting of the officials concerned on the spot.

Discussed there were measures for ensuring emergency transport of materials urgent for rehabilitation by concentrating efforts on reconstruction of railways and roads while paying primary attention to stabilizing the people’s living in the flood-hit areas.

The premier underscored the need to energetically push ahead with the work for recovering from the flood damage and helping the flood-stricken inhabitants in the spirit of devotedly working for the society and collective.

After taking stock of the flood damage in Sinyang County, he stressed the need to conduct afforestation for erosion control in a substantial way to suit the characteristic features of the region with lots of high mountains and valleys, and took necessary measures for them.

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