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Pyongyang pounded by heavy rains, strong winds

North Korea 14:30 June 26, 2022

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- Heavy rains accompanied by strong wind pounded Pyongyang and western parts of North Korea overnight, prompting authorities to prepare for the upcoming rainy season, state media reported Sunday.

Pyongyang's central district received 58 millimeters of rain per hour, while the district of the Taedong River, which runs through the capital city, had 67 mm of rain per hour Saturday night, the North's weather agency was quoted as saying by the Korean Central Television.

The western port city of Nampo was hit by strong winds of more than 20 meters per second.

Video footage showed uprooted and broken trees in downtown Pyongyang and the water level of the Taedong River rising near the warning level.

The State Hydro-Meteorological Administration said this year's rainy season is expected to begin Monday, forecasting up to 300 mm of rain in western parts of the nation from Tuesday to Thursday.

Authorities called for thorough preparations to prevent flood damage to farmlands and households, reminding residents of Typhoon Bolaven that battered the nation in 2012.

This footage captured from the Korean Central Television on June 26, 2022, shows uprooted trees caused by heavy rain and strong winds in North Korea's capital city of Pyongyang. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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