Typhoon "Bolaven" which struck last week on the Japanese island of Okinawa and the Korean Peninsula, claimed, at last count, 48 people living in North Korea, dozens of people are reported missing, said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Typhoon "Bolaven" originated in the southern latitudes of the Pacific Ocean and within a few days reached its maximum power. Wind speed at the center of disaster reached 70 meters per second, the wave height — ten meters. The last time this figure was recorded in 1956.
According to KCNA, resulting elements were destroyed or damaged about 6,700 homes. Almost 21.2 thousand people were forced to leave their homes because of flooding.
Typhoon also caused enormous damage to agriculture, already suffering from floods since the beginning of July. According to preliminary data from the disaster affected 50,000 hectares of farmland were knocked down more than 16 thousand trees.
Additionally were damaged 880 factories and administrative agencies and public utilities.
Typhoon "Bolaven" only worsened the situation in North Korea, suffered this summer, severe flooding. Beginning in July of this year, floods killed 169 people, 400 people are reported missing. Element has forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes.
International experts have repeatedly noted that the disaster in North Korea could exacerbate the already significant lack of food in this country. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, to date, the citizens of North Korea are also in dire need of clean drinking water. According to the UN in June of this year, is experiencing a shortage of food for about two thirds of the population.