Hundreds of people were dead or went missing in the worst flood to hit North Korea, the country’s state media said Wednesday.
The flooding in North Hamgyong Province left hundreds dead or missing and more than 68,900 stranded, as North Korea’s state broadcaster said it is the worst disaster since Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, Yonhap reported.
The heavy rains were brought by Typhoon Lion Rock, which swept across the region from Aug. 29 until Sept. 2.
The flooding also destroyed more than 11,600 buildings, severely damaged some 180 sections of road and more than 60 bridges, and disconnected electricity and communication lines.
An emergency meeting was held among government, party and provincial officials to draw up recovery measures, while the military and people set out to fix the damage, it said.
North Korea has made an appeal for aid as the massive floods ravage the country, wiping out villages, destroying towns, and drowning farmland.
With a rare admission the country in dire need of help, Pyongyang admitted they are facing their “heaviest downpour” since 1945 and their people are facing “great suffering”.
The UN estimate 133 people have been killed, 395 people are missing, 100,000 are homeless, and 140,000 are in need of “urgent assistance”.