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N.K. premier visits flood-hit areas, calls for speedy recovery efforts

All News 13:59 August 12, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's Premier Kim Tok-hun visited a flood-hit eastern province and called for speedy recovery efforts, state media reported Thursday, as the country ramps up its drive to prevent damage from heavy downpours.

Kim inspected the damaged areas in South Hamgyong Province, including Yonggwang, Sinhung and Hongwon counties, and encouraged local residents and members of the North Korean army involved in the recovery campaign, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

During the field inspection, he discussed the issue of ensuring relevant authorities' "on-the-spot operation and command" to guide the recovery efforts and taking urgent measures to minimize damage to crops, the KCNA said.

He also called on the provincial officials to pay the utmost attention to the living conditions of the people in the disaster-hit areas, saying prioritizing them is the "Party Central Committee's intention."

The KCNA did not specify an exact date, but he appears to have visited the areas a day earlier.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, also said the military troops dispatched to the areas arrived early in the morning to help with the recovery efforts.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered full state support for recovery efforts in the province as the country convened an emergency meeting of the provincial military commission to come up with recovery plans.

North Korean Premier Kim Tok-hun (2nd from R) visits a flood-hit area in the eastern coastal area of South Hamgyong Province, in this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 12, 2021. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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