Kim Jong-un visits flood-hit North Korean village in a luxury SUV wearing a bright white suit as locals flock to see him
- North Korea has suffered serious flooding in areas near their southern border
- Kim Jong un took a rare trip out of the capital Pyongyang to inspect the damage
- North Korean state media released an image of Kim speaking with farmers
- More than 700 homes have been flooding with 180 cottages destroyed
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered officials to provide food and shelter for hundreds of families who lost their homes in floods, the KCNA state news agency reported on Friday.
Heavy rain across the Korean peninsula has brought flooding to both North and South Korea in recent days, and concern is growing about damage to North Korean crops and its potential impact on food supplies.
KCNA claimed: ‘It is of priority importance to quickly supply sleeping materials, daily commodities, medicines and other necessities to the flood-affected people to stabilize their living.’
North Korean despot Kim Jong un visted areas in the southern regions of North Korea which have been hit by flooding destroying almost 180 houses
Inclement weather has affected the hermit state for several days leading to flooding (pictured, three women crossing a road in the capital Pyongyang
Officials from the state Hydro-meteorological administration, pictured, monitored the storms
Kim made the remarks while inspecting a flood-hit part of North Hwanghae Province, on the border of South Korea, as he ‘clarified tasks’ for recovery work with officials there.
Torrential rain for several days has inundated more than 730 single-story houses, destroying 179 of them, and flooded rice-growing land, KCNA said.
There were no reports of casualties.
State television footage showed Kim visiting rural areas where a flooded river devastated farmlands and the roofs of some houses had collapsed.
Kim would also mobilise the army for rehabilitation, in particular work on homes and roads, and he called on architects to build 800 model houses in a badly hit farming village in Unpha County, KCNA said.
The rain during the harvest season in the rice-growing area is raising concern about North Korea’s food security.
North Korea’s ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, cited a study that said rice and corn would suffer if the crops were under water for just two or three days.
Officials fear that crops in the impoverished nation could be wiped out by the flooding, pictured, North Korea’s capital Pyongyang on August 5 during a torrential downpour
‘The fate of this year’s farming depends on how to protect farmland and crops from the flood,’ the newspaper said.
South Korea on Thursday donated $10 million to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to help North Korean children and women.
Parts of South Korea have seen more than 40 consecutive days of rain, the longest monsoon since 2013, and more is expected across the peninsula.
President Moon Jae-in on Friday designated seven hardest hit cities and counties as special disaster zones, which allows the areas to get more government aid.