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(LEAD) N.K. leader visits flood-damaged village, orders release of reserve grain for victims

All News 07:22 August 07, 2020

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By Yi Wonju

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a flood-damaged village in North Hwanghae Province after recent heavy rains left more than 900 homes inundated or destroyed there, state media said Friday.

During the visit to the Taechong-ri Area of Unpha County, Kim ordered officials to send his special stock of grain to people suffering from the flood and facilitate the use of necessary supplies, such as cement in rebuilding the damaged sites, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"It is of priority importance to quickly supply sleeping materials, daily commodities, medicines and other necessities to the flood-affected people to stabilize their living as early as possible," Kim was quoted as saying.

He called on officials to "responsibly conduct the work of putting up the residents who lost their homes at offices including those at the Party committee and people's committee of the county, public buildings and separate houses, to stabilize their living and comfort them," it said.

He also mobilized the army and ordered their urgent deployment to wrecked houses, roads and zones.

Nearly 730 homes and 600 hectares of rice fields have been flooded and 179 homes destroyed after a levee broke as heavy rainfall pounded the country for days, but no casualties were reported, it added.

Earlier, the North issued special heavy rain warnings for the Pyongan, Hwanghae and Jagang provinces, as well as Kaesong and other parts of the country.

Farmland in the Sadong district of eastern Pyongyang is flooded after heavy rains pummeled vast areas of the country, in this photo captured from Korean Central Television footage on Aug. 6, 2020. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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