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DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim Visits Flooded Anju

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim (3rd L) inspects flood damage in the city of Anju in South P’yo’ngan Province (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 4 August (Saturday) that Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited Anju (Anju-si), South P’yo’ngan Province to tour areas of the city ravaged by floods during July.  Choe’s visit to Anju occurred after DPRK state media revised the number ofcasualties and damage caused by typhoons and torrential rain from June to July.  KCNA reported that 169 people were killed, 144 injured, 400 people were missing and 212,200 people displaced.  The United Nations [UN] and Red Cross have been assessing the storm damage in the country and are in the process of gathering relief supplies.  In addition to widespread property damage, the flooding has particularly affected the DPRK’s supply of drinking water.  According to KCNA, in the city of Anju: “. . .houses for thousands of families, almost all public buildings and industrial facilities inundated or destroyed and a large area of farmland washed away or buried under silt. This made it hard for a large area of cultivated land to expect any harvest of crops.”

During his visit to Anju, Choe Yong Rim “learned in detail about the flood damage before holding an urgent consultative meeting.”  According to KCNA, Choe “called upon the Cabinet and other relevant units to pay deep attention to recovery operations in the city and fulfill their responsibility and roles.”

KCNA reports:

Choe Yong Rim, premier of the Cabinet who is a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee, toured Anju City, South Phyongan Province hit by flood.

The torrential rain hit Anju City recently, leaving houses for thousands of families, almost all public buildings and industrial facilities inundated or destroyed and a large area of farmland washed away or buried under silt. This made it hard for a large area of cultivated land to expect any harvest of crops.

The flooding also left water supply and drainage networks and power supply system unworkable.

The premier learned in detail about the flood damage before holding an urgent consultative meeting.

The meeting underscored the importance of restoring the systems for the supply of drinking water and electricity in bringing the living of the people in the afflicted areas to normal and dealt with issues of determining a proper order of priority for recovery operations and focusing efforts on it.

The premier called upon the Cabinet and other relevant units to pay deep attention to recovery operations in the city and fulfill their responsibility and roles.

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