Rason hit with devastating flood

first_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Heavy rain pummeled North Korea’s Rasonarea in North Hamgyong Province for three consecutive days starting Friday,leaving the city flooded and with residents taking refuge on higher grounds,Daily NK’s sources reported. “It was as if there was a hole in the sky.From Friday to Sunday, it rained so much we couldn’t make out what was in frontof us,” the source in the province told Daily NK. “The water level on thestreets is so bad that the traffic controller’s platform is submerged underwater,” she reported. “The Wonjeong Customs Office’s Bridge has been severedand the building itself is also under water,” the source explained. An additional source in North HamgyongProvince corroborated this news. The currents were strong enough to sweep upa man of good build who jumped into the water to rescue a pig, she said, addingthat the number of fatalities and injuries from the natural disaster is expected to continue to rise. “Last week when the flooding happened,there was an international expo taking place, so the damage was significant,”the source said. “It’s a mess over here, and it’s hard to confirm just how manycasualties there are.” Foreigners who had entered the area due to the expo havelikely not managed to leave yet due to the flood, she reported. Within the Rason Special Economic Zone,roughly 40 people are believed to have died, while 1,000 homes were likelydamaged, according to a separate report from Radio Free Asia. City roads have been completely flooded andsome buildings submerged in water are on the brink of collapse. Already somehouses have caved in, having been hit by logs and household goods that wereswept up in the currents. District Ministry of People’s Security [MPS]  units have mobilized inminban[people’s unit] leaders to track members down, but most residents are scatteredthroughout the area making it hard to pinpoint their whereabouts, according tothe source. Residents who have lost their homes haveexpressed their frustration with the current infrastructure that leads torecurring damages during floods. “Instead of putting up fences around theborder (to prevent people from escaping), I wish they would put countermeasuresin place against floods,” some of them have said, she added. Adding insult to injury, the flood has alsowiped out crops ready for autumn harvest. Having had their corn and other goodsswallowed up by the water, some residents are now left with no home and nothingto live on. “Some people are struggling as they try to fish out their TVs,sewing machines, and other home appliances, while others are running arounddesperately trying to find their lost children. It’s been like a battlefield,”the source said. “Rason is a special economic zone, so theybuilt the roads better with better drainage systems, but the heavy rainimmediately just flooded the area,” she asserted. The unexpected incident hasinstilled a sense of fear among residents, with some looking back on July 1994,when a massive flood broke out and was later followed by the death of thecountry’s founder, Kim Il Sung. By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.08.27 12:11pm Rason hit with devastating flood News Facebook Twitter News center_img News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE NewsEconomy Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more