North Korea says rain damaged farmsHeavy rains during July devastated large tracts of farmland in North Korea, the country’s state-controlled Central Broadcasting Station said yesterday. From July 1 to 25, 100,000 hectares (245,057 acres) in South Pyeongan, South Hwanghae, Gangwon and Yanggang provinces were flooded, the news report said. “It is impossible to harvest crops from some farmlands, and most of the damaged farms are expecting about a 30-percent cut in production,” the report said. The country has been suffering from perennial food shortages, receiving international food aid to feed its 22 million people. The rainfall also damaged 1,000 houses and buildings, the report said. The North Korean media also said the flooding wiped out many sections of railroad beds in inland areas, causing transportation problems.
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