Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) — Damage by harmful pine insects, also known as pine AIDS, is on the steady increase in south Korea.
Since it was first discovered in Pusan in 1988 the disease spread to 28 cities and counties in North and South Kyongsang Provinces, North and South Jolla Provinces, south Korean Kangwon Province and other areas as of November 2005. 705,000 pine trees perished in the forests covering more than 100,000 hectares in areas of North and South Kyongsang Provinces alone.
Pine trees accounted for 60 percent of the woodland in south Korea in the 1940s but their proportion dwindled to 24 percent in 2005 mainly due to the harmful pine insects.
It is predicted that if this situation is allowed to go on, pine trees will completely vanish from south Korea.
People from all walks of life in south Korea are getting more lamentable that they would not be able to see pine trees peculiar to Korea if such damage is left unchecked any longer.
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