DPRK’s Sinuiju City hit by Flooding

22 08 2010

PYONGYANG, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Torrential downpours hit Sinuiju of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday, triggering heavy floods that submerged much of the city and causing huge property losses, the official news agency KCNA reported. The report did not say whether there were casualties.

The Yalu River overflowed due to more than 300 mm overnight rainfall in areas around Lake Suphung and heavy rains in border areas of China, according to the KCNA. “All dwelling houses, public buildings and arable land in Sangdan, Hadan, and Taji ris of the city, Soho and Ojok ris of Uiju County and other rural communities around the city have been submerged,” it said. Army troops and local citizens in North Phyongan Province have turned out in rescue work, the report said.

DANDONG, Liaoning, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) — Danger of a flooding Yalu River on the border of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still looms large as a new round of rainstorm is forecast to pelt Sunday the river basin.

The flood-control headquarters in northeast Dandong City Sunday said although the river’s flow was at 8,000 cubic meters per second Sunday morning, down from a daily high of 27,000 cubic meters per second recorded on Saturday, the river course is still holding water at dangerous levels.

More than 94,000 people in Dandong, Liaoning Province, by the Chinese side of the river have been evacuated by Sunday, according to the city’s flood-control headquarters. The local weather station forecast Sunday morning that rains measuring up to 250 millimeters would hit the city in the next 24 hours, posing a severe pressure on the flood control work.

Downpours since Thursday have left four people dead and 44 townships flooded, many of which are suffering from black out and communications disruptions. The headquarters have monitored 158 embankment breaches along the swollen river.

KOREA-VISION has learnt that the passenger train that left Pyongyang on 21 Aug.  and was held up for 8 hours due to track repairing works around the Chinese station of Dandong has arrived in Beijing an hour ago.

UPDATE:  North Korea floods prompt rare media candor