Saturday 24 February 2018

North Korea sends army to aid victims of flooding

Peter Foster in Beijing

NORTH KOREA was yesterday forced to send soldiers to rescue 5,000 people who were left stranded by flooding along the impoverished state's border with China.

Pyongyang's official news agency said leader Kim Jong-il had dispatched the units to the city of Sinuiju, which had been inundated after the Yalu river overflowed.

The floods, caused by 11.8 inches of rain falling in nine hours on Saturday, have also forced the evacuation of 127,000 people on the Chinese side of the border in the port city of Dandong. Chinese weather forecasters were warning of a further 10 inches of rain to falln today.

It was confirmed yesterday that four people had died in the flooding in China.

Pictures from the country showed people being airlifted by helicopter from the rooftops of damaged buildings as water swirled around them.

After decades of deforestation driven by a scarcity of raw materials, North Korea is highly vulnerable to flooding.

China has also suffered this year, with floods killing 3,900 people, including 1,434 in the northwestern province of Gansu. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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