May 16, 2022

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North Korea raises alarm over ‘second-worst drought’ in 40 years

State media channeling food supply concerns, but expert says lack of water could be related to poor management practices

A drought threatens to disrupt farming in the DPRK this year, state media reported Tuesday, a development that threatens to worsen food shortages in a country that experienced a self-described “food crisis” just last year.

The front page of Tuesday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper featured on-the-ground reports of “nationwide efforts” by soldiers, workers and youths to save every “single grain of rice” and ensure no crops are damaged.