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Torrential rain had swept the entire Korean peninsula for 50 consecutive days, only stopping on Wednesday. North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, reported 154 square miles of destroyed agricultural land, 16,680 homes ruined and 630 other buildings damaged by the flooding. The state-run news agency reported: “Lots of roads, bridges, and railway sections were broken.
“A dam of a power station gave way and there was another severe damage in various sectors of the national economy.”
Now supreme leader Kim Jong un has ordered the ordinary citizens of the country to mobilise to reverse the damage.
He has set a strict deadline for completion of the order saying it should be “fundamentally completed by October 10”.
This is an important date, as October 10 is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The loss of agricultural land in the reclusive state is a real cause for concern because of the frequent famines the country has experienced because of collectivised farming, sanctions, and diversion of resources to the military.
But, North Korea refuses to allow foreign food aid into the country, claiming the aid may be contaminated with coronavirus.
Cho Han Bum, of the Korea Institute of National Unification explained the difficulty in getting food aid to North Korea, even though the people of the country may suffer due to the catastrophic flooding.
He said: “It is inappropriate for the Supreme Leader of North Korea to mention outside aid.
“It can be seen that the flood damage is so great that outside support is needed.
“There must have been talk in North Korea about getting outside aid, but Kim Jong Un seems to have drawn the line at that point.”
Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies speculated that coronavirus fears were a factor in Kim Jong un’s refusal to accept outside aid.
He said: “In order for aid to be delivered to North Korea in a proper way, there should be quarantine measures in place and the international organisations would require monitoring.
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“Since it is difficult in the current national emergency quarantine system, I think that’s why they are not going to receive flood aid from the outside world.”
Instead, the central committee of North Korea’s worker’s party has ordered the deployment of “the entire party, army and the people” to reverse the devastation from the flooding.
Speaking to Radio Free Asia, a North Korean official said: “The Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party, gave the order to mobilise the entire party, army, and all the people to help the effort to recover from the damage caused by the rainy season.”
“All agencies, businesses, and households across the country were ordered to ‘voluntarily participate’ in projects to provide support to flood-stricken areas.
“First, the factories and businesses were given tasks like providing equipment and materials needed to recover from the damage.
“The big factories in North Hamgyong province, like the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex, the Songjin Iron and Steel Complex, and the Komusan Cement Factory are working on projects to send cement and steel to the damaged areas, and the smaller factories have been ordered to send construction tools, food, and daily necessities depending on availability.”
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