North Korea issues national heavy rain alert for this week

This image, taken from footage broadcast by North Korea’s state-run Central Korean Television on Sunday, shows a bus driving through a flooded road, as North Korean state media reported heavy rain hitting western areas of the country, including the cities of Sariwon and Nampo. (Korean Central TV)

North Korea’s state meteorological agency on Monday issued a heavy rain alert for most parts of the country this week, as state-controlled media called for thorough measures to avoid damage from summer showers.

The State Hydrometeorological Administration issued the warning, effective Monday afternoon through Thursday, to all parts of the country except the northeastern provinces of Ryanggang and North Hamgyong and northern border town of Rason, according to Korea’s Central Broadcasting Station.

He added that the western provinces of South and North Hwanghae and the city of Kaesong, near the inter-Korean border, are expected to receive up to 300 millimeters of rain through Thursday.

The day before, northern media reported that heavy rains and strong winds had hit Pyongyang and other western parts of the country. Heavy rains in the impoverished north often cause enormous damage to its agricultural and other sectors, largely due to poor drainage, deforestation and dilapidated infrastructure.

This year’s summer rainy season is set to begin this week in the country amid speculation that it could also affect the secret regime’s timetable for another underground nuclear test in the mountainous northeast region of Punggye-ri.

“(We) must prevent flood and heavy rain damage to all sectors of the people’s economy and take stringent measures to normalize production,” the country’s leading newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said in an editorial. on the front page. (Yonhap)

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