Pyongyang, September 7 (KCNA) — South Phyongan Province suffered heavy damage from a strong rainstorm again on the evening of September 6.
The rain, which had begun to fall in the afternoon, abruptly turned into a downpour which was as much as 170 to 200 millimetres in 2-3 hours in the evening, accompanied by a strong wind of 10 or 20 metres per second.
As a result, thousands of hectares of farmland were washed away or buried in Sukchon, Anju, Mundok, Sunchon, Phyongwon and other counties of the province, main granaries of the country.
It is foreseen that rice harvests in these areas will decrease by more than 70 to 80 percent.
Previously, these areas suffered from natural disasters –tidal waves in August last year and rain-storms in July and August this year.
A large number of dwelling houses and public buildings were submerged in water or destroyed by the downpour.
Roads and railways were destroyed in some sections, bringing the traffic to suspension, and electric and telephone systems were completely cut off.
Many people died or are missing.
At present, emergency rescue teams were formed.
Competent organs including the flood damage rehabilitation committee are making investigation into the damage.
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