Report: 600 dead from
State media says 100,000 left homeless, 8,000 public buildings destroyed
The Associated Press, Aug 25, 2007
Earlier, international aid groups estimated about 300 were dead or missing.
KCNA said the heavy rains caused huge material losses to the country, creating unprecedented difficulties in peoples living and economic construction.
At least 100,000 people were left homeless and more than 8,000 public buildings were totally or partially destroyed, it said.
More than 1,000 factory or mining buildings were damaged or submerged by the torrential rains, and lots of arable land was washed away, the report said.
The rains also flooded four railroad tunnels and triggered landslides that buried at least 200 sections of track, it said. Thousands of sections of roads and bridges also were destroyed, KCNA said.
The week of severe rainstorms was the countrys heaviest rainfall in 40 years.
Jo Yong Nam, head of North Koreas recovery efforts, said the flood damage, when calculated in financial terms, was 10 times worse than floods last year, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan reported Thursday.
On Friday, the United Nations said it will launch an appeal this coming week for between $15 million and $20 million to help about 400,000 North Koreans affected by the floods.
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Margareta Wahlstrom, the deputy emergency relief coordinator, said the appeal will only focus on immediate emergency needs food, medical care, water and sanitation.
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'Hundreds dead' in
BBCNews.com, Aug. 14, 2007
Heavy rain has swollen rivers, flooding huge areas of farmland and destroying thousands of homes, state media said.
North Korean authorities have asked the WFP, the UN's food agency, for help.
"Our understanding is that the damage is very extensive. It has affected a greater area than the floods of last year," Paul Risley of the World Food Programme told the BBC News website.
Television pictures from the capital
Michael Dunford of the WFP in
Storms since 7 August had led to "huge human and material damage", KCNA said.
Hundreds of persons are dead or missing and more than 30,000 houses have been destroyed across the country, it added.
At least 800 public buildings, more than 540 bridges and sections of railway were reportedly destroyed by the rain.
"This unceasing heavy rain destroyed the nation's major railways, roads and bridges, suspended power supply and cut off the communications network," the agency said.
As well as Kangwon, North Hwanghae and
But North Korean officials told the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that 200 people were dead or missing, acting delegation head Terje Lysholm told the Associated Press news agency.
Experts believe that deforestation has made seasonal flooding in
Farmers have extended arable land into hills and forests in order to grow more food, removing the foliage that prevents erosion and landslides.
Mr Dunford said that the floods could constitute an extensive disaster for
"This is something that will evolve throughout the rest of the growing season, determining exactly how much of the crop and the harvest has been lost," he told the BBC.
About two million people are thought to have died from famine in the mid-1990s in