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North Korea's Typhoon Leaves Five Dead


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:01 GMT

Five people were killed in a powerful typhoon that destroyed farmland and damaged hundreds of buildings, North Korean state media said Sunday, September 8th.

The official KCNA news service reported that the typhoon hit the reclusive nuclear-armed state on Saturday afternoon, September 7th.

The isolated east Asian country is vulnerable to natural disasters due to deforestation and poor infrastructure.

The KCNA added, "according to data available from the State Emergency Disaster Committee, five persons were dead, and three persons injured. The injured persons are now under treatment at hospitals."

At least a dozen public buildings and more than 460 houses were "completely or partly destroyed or inundated" by the typhoon, it said.

The typhoon wiped out or damaged crops in 46,000 hectares (110,000 acres) of farmland, the report said, adding that recovery efforts were underway.

The Yonhap news agency had said earlier that the recent occurrences came after South Korea's disaster agency reported three deaths as a result of the same typhoon.

KCNA reported on Saturday September 7th, that North Korean leader Kim Jong -un had rebuked officials for their "easygoing" attitude to the approaching storm.