Floods in North Korea damage more than 1,100 homes, thousands evacuated

Concerns about crop damage and the impact on food supplies are increasing as forecasters report that more than 500 mm of rain has fallen in three days.

More than 1,100 homes in North Korea have been damaged, thousands of people have been evacuated, and farmland and roads have been washed away after days of heavy rains brought flooding, state media reported.

The reports come amid growing concerns about crop damage and the possible impact on food supplies in North Korea, which is cut off from most foreign imports and aid because of self-imposed border restrictions aimed at preventing a coronavirus outbreak as well as international sanctions.

Heavy rain hit several areas on the east coast, including North and South Hamgyong provinces, state broadcaster KRT reported Thursday.

Television showed houses flooded to the roofs, bridges and levees washed away.

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