North Korea at risk of famine

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:44:51 +0200

BEIJING, MAY 15 - In 2019, North Korea recorded rains equal to the lowest levels in 37 years, raising fears that the drought could ruin even more crops and exacerbate the food emergency that, according to UN agencies , it already affects 40% of the population.
According to reports from KCNA, rainfall reached 54.4 mm, between rain and snow, in the period from January to early May, the lowest amount ever reported since 1982, when the levels were 51.2 mm.
The rains in the reference period were 42.3% compared to 128.6 mm in the same period of 2018.
Moreover, in the first 10 days of May, the water that fell was only 0.5 mm, with the central and southern areas completely dry, including the capital Pyongyang and the provinces of Hwanghae and Kangwon.