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Aid group: 300 dead or missing after North Korean floods

Aid group: 300 dead or missing after North Korean floods

A week of heavy floods that pounded North Korea has left about 300 people dead or missing, an aid group operating in the country said Friday.
The disaster killed 221 people and 82 remained missing, the acting delegation head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies told The Associated Press from Pyongyang. The toll appeared to be stabilizing and would likely end up at about 300 dead from the storms, Terje Lysholm said.
A number of children were among the dead, but no specific figures were available, he said.
More than 80,000 homes were damaged by the floods, affecting some 350,000 people, Lysholm said. Of those, 19,467 homes were destroyed and the rest partially damaged or submerged.
Some of the worst-affected regions were close to the border with South Korea, according to the International Red Cross.
"We have difficulties accessing these areas because the roads are gone," Lysholm said.
Still, the International Red Cross said it has been able to deliver emergency supplies including kitchen sets, blankets and water purification tablets to about 80 percent of the 16,000 hardest-hit families, and expects to complete the distribution over the weekend.
The task has eased somewhat as rains have subsided, Lysholm said, although it remained unclear whether more storms were on the way.


Updated : 2021-10-20 22:32 GMT+08:00