North Korea’s Kim berates officials over storm damage

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated ‘irresponsible’ officials for failing to prevent damage from a tropical storm that swept through the Korean peninsula last week, state media said Monday.

Tropical Storm Khanun, which battered Japan before taking a circuitous route towards the Korean peninsula, moved across North Korea early Friday bringing heavy rains to the South.

Natural disasters tend to have a greater impact on the isolated and impoverished North due to its weak infrastructure, while deforestation has left it vulnerable to flooding.

Visiting flooded farmlands in Anbyon County in the east of the country, Kim said the region suffered more damage than other areas ‘entirely due to extremely chronic and irresponsible work attitude’ of local officials, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

‘The officials of the region were insensitive to the state measures and took no measure and, as a result, the region suffered much damage than other regions,’ the report cited Kim as saying…”

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