Less typhoon damage than feared, but North Korea may need food aid

Typhoon Lingling hit North Korea on Sept 7. Strong winds and heavy rain led to the deaths of five people, damaged 460 houses and 15 public buildings, and destroyed 46,200ha of farmland. North Korean media named it Typhoon-13.
Recovery work in Pyoksong county after it was hit by Typhoon Lingling. On Tuesday, reports emerged in the state-run Rodong Sinmun that the damage was "smaller than expected" and recovery work was proceeding at "rapid speed". Fallen crops in Pyoksong
Fallen crops in Pyoksong county in North Korea, no stranger to tropical storms.PHOTO: INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES

State media says 46,200ha of farmland damaged, aid agencies witness loss in harvest

It was still raining heavily two days after a typhoon swept through North Korea, when representatives from international aid agencies went there to survey the trail of destruction.

Mr Daniel Wallinder, disaster risk management delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), saw toppled trees, damaged roofs, and fallen crops in Pyoksong county, South Hwanghae province, south-west of Pyongyang, on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Less typhoon damage than feared, but N. Korea may need food aid'. Print Edition | Subscribe