The strong typhoon Bolaven has hit North Korea, killing at least 48 people and leaving more than 50 others injured or missing in the Asian-Pacific state. According to North Korea’s official Central News Agency, the typhoon left more than 21,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 6,500 houses. The storm also toppled more than 16,700 trees and disabled 880 industrial and public buildings. The Korean news agency also stated that the typhoon Bolaven has damaged at least 50,000 hectares of farmland, ravaging crops in 45,300 hectares of fields.
North Korea is still grappling with the after-effects of the floods which hit the country in June and July and killed around 170 people.Typhoon Bolaven, which is the 15th destructive storm of the season in East Asia, hit South Korea last week killing at least 15 people and leaving 10 others missing at sea. According to South Korea’s public administration ministry, the typhoon snapped 235 traffic lights, caused 7,857 trees to collapse and damaged 42 ships or boats, 35 houses and 1,195 greenhouses. The powerful typhoon has also crashed into the southern Japanese island of Okinawa , forcing hundreds of residents evacuate to public buildings. TNP/JR