Flood leaves 88 dead, 62,900 homeless in DPRK

Updated: 2012-07-29 08:59


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PYONGYANG - Floods triggered by recent downpours have left 88 people dead, 134 injured and more than 62,900 homeless in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported Saturday.

KCNA reported that more than 5,000 houses were destroyed and nearly 12,030 others were submerged in the floodwater.

In addition, about 200 areas of embankment extending 160 kilometers and 4,800 hectares of cropland were washed away while more than 25,700 hectares were submerged.

The KCNA reported that officials across the country were visiting flood-stricken areas in an "all-people drive" to evaluate the damage and take necessary measures to recover from the disaster.

The DPRK has suffered heavy rains and flooding since the start of the rainy season last Wednesday when a typhoon reached the country.