North Korea says typhoon killed five, inundated farmland

SEOUL, Sept 8 — A typhoon pounded North Korea yesterday, killing five people and injuring three, state news agency KCNA reported today.

Typhoon Lingling, one of the most powerful typhoons to have battered South Korea, moved to North Korea yesterday, raising concerns about a crop damage in the impoverished country, which frequently suffers food shortages.

"Crops fell down, (were) inundated or buried in 46,200 hectares of farmland," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said yesterday.

"Active work to eradicate the aftermath is now under way in the afflicted areas," it said.

North Korea held an emergency meeting on Friday under the guidance of leader Kim Jong-un, who berated senior officials for being "helpless against the typhoon, unaware of its seriousness and seized with easygoing sentiment," KCNA reported yesterday.

Negotiations aimed at dismantling the North's nuclear and missile programmes have stalled despite a third meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in June.

In South Korea, the typhoon killed three people and injured 27. It led to a power outage of around 160,000 households and grounded hundreds of flights, the government said in a statement. Power was restored to most of the homes affected. — Reuters

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