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North Korean leader's pet ski resort project hit by floods

Published on Aug 1, 2013 4:21 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Severe floods in North Korea have crippled a ski resort seen as a pet project of leader Kim Jong Un, as workers rushing to repair the site ignored nearby towns, according to reports.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo daily on Wednesday said several buildings at the Masik resort had been buried in a landslide triggered by torrential rains. The rains have killed 28 people nationwide, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross Crescent Societies (IFRC).

According to news site Daily NK, large swathes of farmlands and towns near the resort site were inundated as water and mud flowed down the ski slope which had been shorn of its trees.

"But soldiers and workers mobilised to fix damages were only sent to the ski resort," the report said.

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