Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) — Many areas of Korea suffered from strong rainstorms and hailstorms on September 6.
Particularly, heavy damage was inflicted upon many areas of south and north Phyongan, Kangwon and South Hwanghae provinces and Nampho.
Of these areas, South Phyongan Province suffered the severest damage.
Downpours of above 170 to 200 millimetres fell in Sunchon, Phyongwon, Sukchon, Mundok, Anju, Kaechon and other counties of the province in two or three hours. As a result, more than 15,000 hectares of paddy fields were submerged in water, buried or washed away. On top of it, it hailed in these areas. Consequently, no crop and vegetable harvest can be expected from as many as 8,000 hectares of farmland.
According to conservative estimate, the rice harvest in these areas will decrease by more than 70 to 80 percent.
Hailstorms, a piece of hailstone being 20 millimetres in diametre, hit in Pakchon, Thaechon and other counties of North Phyongan Province, lopping down ears of rice in thousands of hectares of farmland. Ichon county, Kangwon Province, and Pongchon county, South Hwanghae Province, also suffered from hailstorms. It is foreseen that the rice harvest will drastically drop in these areas.
A strong wind of above 10 to 20 metres per second inflicted heavy damage upon various domains of the national economy.
Rainstorms and landslides seriously destroyed roads and railways in scores of sections, bringing the traffic to a standstill.
Main high-tension lines, which branch out into four directions from the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex, were cut off and hundreds of pylons fell down. Telephone lines were carried away in a section of over 80 kilometres and upwards of 800 cement electric poles were broken.
More than 1,000 dwelling houses of over 660 buildings and 300 public buildings were submerged in water or destroyed in afflicted areas of South Phyongan Province.
Scores of people died or are missing.
Rehabilitation campaigns are under way in the afflicted areas.
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