North Korea's Kim Jong-UN says Typhoon Bavi caused little damage, state media


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says Typhoon Bavi has caused only minimal damage to the country after making landfall early Thursday, state journalism KCNA has reported.

North Korea's Kim Jong-UN says Typhoon Bavi caused little damage, state media


Mr. Kim, who visited South Hwanghae province southwest of Pyongyang had issued an aware of prevent crop damage and casualties from the typhoon, which made landfall near the capital, dumping heavy rains and uprooting trees.

North Korea, which has also been stepping up efforts to combat the novel coronavirus had mentioned Typhoon Bavi because the Number 8 storm.

"He said that the size of injury from Typhoon Number 8 is smaller than expected, adding that he had worried tons and he feels it's fortunate to possess that quantity of injury," said KCNA, pertaining to Mr. Kim's remarks.

KCNA said Mr. Kim involved further efforts toward "minimising the damage within the agricultural field especially and reduction within the harvest by making an accurate examination of the crop damage and taking measures for improving their growth".

In South Korea, the typhoon caused scattered damage to homes and other buildings grounded many domestic flights and knocked out power for several hours, but no casualties were, reported.

Mr. Kim's visit came after KCTV state television showed scenes of injury from the storm.

Heavy rains earlier this month that caused flooding and damaged crops raised concerns about food supplies within the isolated country.

The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of Mr. Kim examining rice paddies and corn and bean crops in South Hwanghae province, where Typhoon Bavi made landfall.

When Mr. Kim visited the typhoon-hit area wasn't laid out’ in state media, but the storm had weakened and passed out of the world by Thursday afternoon.

Flanked by masked officials, an unmasked Mr. Kim praised ruling party organisations and officialdom for implementing measures that reduced the damage, the Rodong said.

South Hwanghae province may be a major source of farming and fishing products for a rustic that has a chronic food shortages.

The Rodong report described flooded fields damaged rice and toppled corn and beanstalks in South Hwanghae, also as ruined crops in nearby North Hwanghae province.

It also reported damage to houses, public buildings and other structures in South Phyongan province, near the capital Pyongyang, where pedestrians were seen walking through many uprooted trees after the storm.

The North's state media has not reported any injuries or deaths.

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