Typhoon Kompasu killed dozens of people: N Korea

A typhoon killed dozens of people and destroyed roads, railways and thousands of homes in North Korea early this month, the reclusive state`s media reported Wednesday.

Seoul: A typhoon killed dozens
of people and destroyed roads, railways and thousands of homes
in North Korea early this month, the reclusive state`s media
reported Wednesday.

It was the first confirmation from the North of the
extent of the damage inflicted by Typhoon Kompasu that hit the
divided Korean peninsula on Sept 2 also killing five people in
South Korea.

The typhoon struck as impoverished North Korea struggled
to recover from flooding last month that battered its
northwest.

The official Korean Central News Agency reported today
that landslides, strong winds and heavy rains caused by the
typhoon killed "dozens" of people.

Heavy rains washed away 30,000 hectares (74,130 acres) of
farmland, and landslides "completely ravaged" railroads and
tracks.

It said that about 8,380 houses were destroyed and many
people were staying in public shelters.

Electricity and drinking water have been cut in some
areas and disruption to traffic was delaying the delivery of
food and medical supplies.

"Considerable amount of difficulties have been imposed in
stabilizing the people`s livelihood," KCNA said.

PTI

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