Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) — Strong rainstorm, hail and high tidal waves hit many areas of the DPRK, causing heavy damage.
According to conservative estimate as of mid-August, more than 74,000 hectares of arable land were inundated and some 4,250 houses were destroyed or submerged in Kaesong city, Kangwon, south Hwanghae, south Hamgyong and north Phyongan provinces and other areas. Schools and other public buildings covering a total of 25,600 square metres were damaged.
In Kaesong city, in particular, an average of 230 to 250 mm of rain fell for two to three hours at the interval of two to three days from August 4 to 10.
As a result, it is foreseen that rice harvest will decrease by more than 60 percent and the yield of maize and other dry-field crops will drop sharply in Kaesong, Kaephung and Panmunjom areas.
In south Hamgyong Province, 500 mm of rain fell in an hour on June 29, causing landslide that buried quite a few hectares of arable land and tens of kilometres of railways as well as some toll of human life.
In Jasong county, Jagang Province, and in Phihyon and Ryongchon counties, north Phyongan Province, hail came in early July several times, one of the pieces being 15 mm thick. As a result, harvest can hardly be expected in the provinces.
Besides, north Hamgyong and south Phyongan provinces and other areas were also hit hard by natural disaster.
Damage in land administration, city management and other sectors of the national economy is also severe.
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