Powerful typhoon Lingling passes over North Korea

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A powerful typhoon has passed over the Korean peninsula, leaving five people dead and 460 houses damaged or destroyed in North Korea, according to state media.

The storm flooded 178 sq miles of farmland, the official KCNA news agency said, in a country already suffering food shortages. Flights were cancelled and tens of thousands of homes left without power.

There were concerns the storm, which injured three people, could worsen already severe food shortages. Earlier this year, the UN warned that up to 10 million North Koreans were “in urgent need of food assistance”.

The government was giving “primary attention” to the protection of crops as well as dams and reservoirs, the agency said.

[BBC]

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