Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Deadly Flooding from Typhoon Lionrock Displaces Thousands in North Korea, Which Issues Rare Plea for Help Associated Press

Those poor people already suffer from their horrible government. I feel so sorry for them.


Associated Press
Published: September 12, 2016

More than 100 people have died and thousands have been left homeless in North Korea after Typhoon Lionrock brought heavy rains to the country’s northern-most province.

Brigades of soldiers from around the country have been enlisted to help the victims of the disastrous flooding, but North Korea has also made a rare public call for aid, CNN reports.

"It's not unheard of, but it's rare for the North Korean government to make an open and public call for assistance," Bradley Williams, an international relations professor at City University in Hong Kong, told CNN.


Considering North Korea made this call in English, perhaps there is a distant hope that given the scale of the disaster, maybe the international community might respond," said Williams.

North Korean media have said that Typhoon Lion Rock brought the worst single case of downpours and high winds since 1945, though that claim couldn't be verified.

According to a U.N. report issued by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the floods displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and critical infrastructure.

The report said the government has confirmed 133 people were killed and another 395 missing. It said more than 35,500 houses, schools and public buildings were damaged, with 69 percent completely destroyed. It reported widespread inundation of farmland and at least 140,000 people in urgent need of assistance.


The North Korean media also said the focus of a 200-day "loyalty campaign" already underway to mobilize the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un in a mandatory show of devotion has been switched to a call for all citizens to support the recovery effort.


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