North Korean leader visits typhoon-hit area, directing recovery effort


In an image released on September 5, 2020 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un inspects an unspecified region after being affected by Typhoon Miysk of North Korea. KCNA via computer

State media reported on Sunday that SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the storm-affected areas on Saturday, replacing the chairman of a local provincial party committee and Pyongyang officials to try to recover Ordered.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said more than 1,000 homes were destroyed in coastal areas in the south and northern Hameyong provinces and “some public buildings and farms were not burned.”

KCNA said Kim held a detailed executive policy committee meeting to improve efforts in hurricane-affected areas, focusing on detailed measures such as areas and designs and the organization of staff to be sent to transport materials.

At the meeting, he also dismissed the chairman of the South Haimong Provincial Party Committee and appointed a new chairman.

The country’s official party newspaper reported on Saturday that North Korea’s ruling party has called for punishing officials whose failure to obey orders resulted in “dozens of casualties” during thunderstorms.

Separately, Kim sent an open letter to party members in the capital, stating that this year has seen “unusual difficulties due to public health crises worldwide” and natural disasters. It added that the Party Central Committee decided to send 12,000 party members from Pyongyang to hurricane-affected areas to help communities recover.

The isolated country is battling torrential rains, floods and thunderstorms in one of the record rainy seasons.

Reporting by Heekyong Yang; Editing by Dan Grebler

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