Typhoon killed ‘dozens’ in North Korea: state media


Dozens of people were killed by landslides or strong winds when a typhoon battered North Korea this month, state media said Wednesday.

Typhoon Kompasu hit the peninsula on September 2 and caused five deaths in South Korea.

Across the North, the storm killed “dozens of people”, the North’s official Korean Central Agency said in its first casualty toll from the disaster.

It also destroyed 8,380 homes and 230 public buildings and caused heavy damage to farmland, roads, railways and power lines, the agency reported.

The impoverished North was last month hit by floods which wreaked severe damage in some border areas near China.

Earlier reports in state media said flooding this summer washed away homes, roads, railways and farmland and caused an unspecified number of deaths.

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