Many residents of S. Pyongan province are frustrated with the government’s inadequate response to the rain damage

North Koreans are preparing for the flood and predicting that the country will experience a large amount of rain on June 28. (Rodong Sinmun-News1)

Many people in South Pyongan province are frustrated with the lack of government response to severe damage to rice paddies and fields in parts of the province due to recent torrential rains.

A source from South Pyongan province told Daily NK on Tuesday that farm workers are distraught with all paddy fields and fields in Pyongwon, Mundok and Sukchon counties flooded by recent rains. He said a command team assigned to the province by the central government’s emergency and disaster management committee is on the scene, but they have not taken any action and what they are doing is irrelevant. is not entirely clear.

South Pyongan province declared a state of emergency due to torrential rains and put local government agencies, businesses, farms and hospitals on 24-hour standby, but authorities were said to have been powerless, not presenting no proper plan to deal with the damage.

“Farmlands and cornfields in the lowlands of South Pyongan Province are all under water, and with the rains continuing as if the sky has a leak, there is no way for the water to drain, so they couldn’t come up with a solution,” the source said. “They need to take action quickly because things will get tough again if this year’s farming is ruined. But they can’t do anything with the flooded land.

According to the source, officials from South Pyongan Province met with the command team sent by the central government’s emergency and disaster management committee to the scene of the flood on July 1. The team reported to Pyongyang that rainwater washed away planted rice seedlings and broke levees of reservoirs, and that officials must mobilize the military to deal with the situation as local residents cannot do anything about it. face alone.

Farm managers and workers reportedly said that if the authorities were to delay, the roots of rice and maize would rot, which would ruin agriculture this year. Authorities must quickly drain the water and deal with the situation, they say.

Many residents of the province are said to be frustrated not only by the damaged farmland, but also by the injuries and deaths caused by the floods and winds that have collapsed or demolished clay houses at the foot of the mountains.

The medical teams dispatched to the scene quickly brought victims to the hospital, but four have already died and a dozen have suffered more or less serious injuries.

“People have been mobilized to repair the mud houses that have collapsed, and people who have lost their homes are being temporarily accommodated in hostels or dormitories,” the source said. “But in the chaos, they couldn’t even bring a single spoon with them, so the neighborhood watch units support them.”

Translated by David Black. Edited by Robert Lauler.

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