September 24, 2021

Crises mount in North Korea as major flooding follows drought, food shortages

Satellite imagery reveals flooded homes and broken bridges from severe August rains

Major flooding washed away homes, roads and bridges along North Korea’s east coast in recent days, according to NK News analysis of satellite imagery, as DPRK state television said that some areas have already seen over 580 millimeters of rain (23 inches).

The floods come on the heels of a monthlong heat wave and drought in July that state media said damaged crops and may threaten upcoming harvests. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted in June that the country was facing a “food crisis” after suffering typhoon damage last year.