SEOUL – A typhoon in North Korea has caused five deaths, destroyed hundreds of houses and inundated nearly 50,000 hectares of farmland.
Lingling, typhoon-13 of the season in the Pacific, passed through the country late on Saturday with winds blowing up to more than 100 km/h (63 miles per hour) along with heavy rain.
Three people were also injured, North Korean state media KCNA said on Sunday.
The typhoon had “completely or partly destroyed or inundated” some 460 houses and 15 blocks of public buildings and inundated some 46,200 hectares (114,000 acres) of farmland, said KCNA.
North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmum newspaper urged the citizens to tackle the damages caused by the Typhoon as soon as possible.
The newspaper further said the government was working to resolve power cut issues in southeastern provinces of South Hwanghae and North Hwanghae. Work was also under way to restore roads, bridges and railway lines that were damaged by the typhoon.
Paechon and Chongdan in South Hwanghae near the inter-Korean border were the most affected regions, according to Rodong Sinmum.
Rodong Sinmum reported that a day before the typhoon was to make a landfall, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, presided over an emergency meeting to coordinate preparations with the military to mitigate the disaster.
North Korea suffers damages due to typhoons regularly because of poor infrastructures and deforestation of mountains that results in flooding of agricultural fields.