DPRK dispatches military helicopters to rescue flood-stranded people

12:59, July 23, 2010      

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The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il has ordered the air force of the Korean People's Army to dispatch helicopters to rescue people stranded in flood-hit areas, the official news agency KCNA reported on Friday.

According to the KCNA, heavy rains poured down on many parts of the country on Wednesday and Thursday, with Unsan county in North Phyongan province and Sinhung registering 204 mm of rainfall. The whole areas are submerged and at least 1,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed.

So far, 68 people, many of them children, have been rescued, the KCNA said, without elaborating about the loss of property.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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