North Korea Reports on the Devastating Floods
Houses, public buildings and farmlands are completely swamped in water in the villages near Sinuiju, a city located on the border between North Korea and China.
Torrential rain hit China's northeastern regions Thursday and Friday causing the Yalu River, which flows across China and North Korea, to submerge several neighboring towns of Sinuiju.
Unprecedently, North Korea's state media, the Korean Central News Agency reported immediately on the devastating floods, showing pictures of rescue operations and evacuating residents.
"The waters of the Yalu River surged rapidly from late Friday night, flooding Hadan and Daji counties, as well as Ojok and Maksa Provinces. Helicopters of the military units have successfully moved over 5100 trapped residents to safe areas."
Although the agency failed to report on possible deaths or injuries, the unusual broadcasting of the flooding is seen by many as a means of appeal for international aid.
According to Radio Free Asia, North Korea has asked a US-Korean Christian relief organization for help, informing them of the seriousness of the damage caused by the disaster.
The country's Jagang and South Hamgyong Provinces also suffered from massive flooding last month due to heavy rain.
The impoverished nation is known to be vulnerable to torrential rains due to deforestation and a lack of drainage facilities, and continued flood havocs are pushing the reclusive state deeper into poverty.
Meanwhile in China, over 250-thousand residents of Liaoning Province have evacuated, with 94-thosuand displaced in Dandong city alone, which faces Sinuiju across border.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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