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카테고리 없음2016. 9. 13. 08:37
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Historic flooding has crippled North Korea’s most remote counties, killing at least 133 people and leaving at least 100,000 people homeless after a devastating typhoon ripped through the already isolated nation, according to U.N. officials.

원문출처 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/north-korea-appeals-international-aid-deadly-floods-article-1.2789550


The storm’s aftermath forced the power-hungry country to ask for water, medicine and food — anything to help the estimated 150,000 people impacted by Typhoon Lionrock, all while facing international backlash for unleashing its fifth and most powerful nuclear test yet Friday.

It’s unclear which nations will heed Pyongyang’s call for help, especially after South Korea announced that their northern neighbor could launch its sixth nuclear weapons test at any moment.

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Corn crops were leveled during floods caused by a late August typhoon.

 (MURAT SAHIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

During a tour of the damage last week, the government said nearly a foot of rain in late August prompted the Tumen River to flood northern provinces bordering China and Russia.

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North Korean state-run media said the typhoon sparked the worst single case of downpours and high winds since 1945, though that claim couldn't be verified.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs details the extent of the damage based on data provided by North Korea.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs details the extent of the damage based on data provided by North Korea.

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North Korean officials led representatives with the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs through the worst of the damage, releasing sobering data that said more than half of the 35,500 damaged homes had been destroyed, nearly 400 people had gone missing and at least 600,000 people were without drinking water.

The assessment team tried accessing rural villages in the Yonsa and Musan counties 280 miles northeast of Pyongyang, but the roads were inaccessible.

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1 | 3A Red Cross worker walks through piles of debris in a photo provided by DPRK.(MURAT SAHIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

“The effects of this flooding will be even more dramatic and devastating than initially thought,” International Federation of Red Cross head Chris Staines told the Washington Post.

Staines was among 22 independent aid workers who toured what he described as “extensive” damage to corn and rice crops and villages surrounding Hoeryong City.

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North Korea requested aid despite facing backlash after Kim Jong-un ordered the country's fifth nuclear weapons test.

 (KYODO/REUTERS)

He believes the flooding was worse than the statistics handed down from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, he told the Post.

In an relief report, Staines said he saw residents “salvaging whatever possessions they could from piles of debris that used to be their homes.”