North Korea formulates emergency measures to prevent flood damage amid pandemic: state media

SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea is taking emergency measures to avoid flood damage as it prepares for the summer rainy season amid the fight against the coronavirus, according to state media on Wednesday.

The country’s “central emergency anti-epidemic sector” has taken steps to ensure medical supplies in thousands of emergency medical units set up in hospitals across the country and urged disinfection work in the evacuation centers to prevent the outbreak of “enteric disease”, the Korean official said. said the Central News Agency (KCNA).

The North is also taking steps to disinfect regions affected by natural disasters to block the spread of the “malicious” coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Kim Tok-hun urged efforts to minimize damage from typhoons and heavy downpours by improving the accuracy of his weather forecasts as he inspected the State Hydrometeorological Administration, the weather agency the country’s National Council and the Emergency and Disaster Management Committee. .

He called for nationwide efforts to protect crops and meet his target harvest level for this year, the KCNA reported.

Observers fear the heavy downpours could deal a severe blow to agricultural production in the North, which is known to be vulnerable to flooding due to poor irrigation and deforestation.

North Korea issued a heavy rain alert this week for most parts of the country.

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