November 29, 2023

Small town sees major construction six years after deadly floods: imagery

State media touts flood prevention, housing construction in "transforming town" near DPRK capital

A small town tucked away in the mountains near Pyongyang has seen large-scale demolition and a new housing construction project sprout up since March this year, state media and satellite imagery reveals.

Songchon, which lies 45 kilometers northeast of the North Korean capital, saw major flooding in 2012 that led to hundreds of dead and missing in the region and at least 20 deaths in the town itself, a report from the country’s International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) said at the time.