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N.K. premier urges fast recovery from flooding, better preparation against another storm

All News 08:47 September 03, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's premier visited areas in the country's flood-hit eastern province, calling for efforts to speed up recovery from a recent typhoon and brace for yet another approaching powerful storm, state media reported Thursday.

North Korea was hit hard by last week's Typhoon Bavi as the country was reeling from flooding caused by recent heavy downpours. The North is now on high alert against Typhoon Maysak moving along its east coast amid worries that it could be the most powerful in years.

Premier Kim Tok-hun "made a field survey of the recovery from flood damage in Kimhwa and Phyonggang counties of Kangwon Province," according to the Korean Central News Agency.

He stressed the need to "accelerate the rehabilitation projects" so as to mark the 75th founding anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Oct. 10 "with proud success of completing the campaign for recovering from flood damage," the KCNA added.

It did not disclose when he visited those areas but such a report usually is made a day after it happened. The trip came as North Korea put itself on high alert against Typhoon Maysak, the ninth tropical storm of the season, which put the country's eastern region under its influence.

State media earlier said that some areas in its eastern area would receive up to 400 millimeters of rain.

During the trips to the flood-afflicted province, the premier also instructed officials to give "precedence to the river improvement projects and sewerages repair for minimizing the damage by Typhoon No. 9," the KCNA said.

This image dated Aug. 30, 2020, and captured from the homepage of the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the North Korean Workers' Party, shows North Korean Premier Kim Tok-hun visiting farms in South Hwanghae Province hit by Typhoon Bavi that swept through the Korean Peninsula last week and discusses working-level issues stemming from the recovery efforts. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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