N Korea floods: 169 dead, 400 missing; UN to send aid

Last Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 18:58

Zeenews Bureau

Seoul: In a sharp revise in the death toll of the recent floods here which was triggered by torrential downpour have killed atleast 169 people and more than 400 are missing, according to BBC report on Saturday.

The report further said, the UN`s World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed to send emergency food aid to the flood hit areas of North Korea.

Previously according to the official media here the death toll was reported as 119. More than 5,000 houses are destroyed and nearly 12,000 submerged in floodwaters.

More than 1,400 schools, hospitals and factories got collapsed and 45,370 hectares of farmland got damaged.

Earlier the floods and heavy rain between late June and the end of July also made 212,200 people homeless and washed away or inundated 65,280 hectares (161,200 acres) of cropland, it said.

In 2011, summer floods and a bitterly cold winter led to chronic food shortage, prompting Pyongyang to appeal for international aid, BBC said.

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First Published: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 18:47

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