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Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 in DPRK


13:19, September 04, 2012

PYONGYANG, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Bolaven caused severe damage to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), leaving 48 people dead and 21,180 homeless, the official news agency KCNA reported on Monday.

As of Sunday, it was confirmed that Typhoon Bolaven, which swept the country last Tuesday and Wednesday with strong wind and heavy rain, has destroyed 6,700 houses across the country, the KCNA said.

The typhoon damaged at least 50,000 hectares of crops and 45,320 hectares of rice paddies. More than 16,730 trees fell down, 880 industrial and public buildings were ruined, and tens of educational and medical service buildings were destroyed, according to the KCNA.

Bolaven, the strongest storm to hit the Korean Peninsula in almost a decade, left 25 people dead or missing and 222 homeless in South Korea, according to the state disaster authority.
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