PYONGYANG, 12th September, 2016 (WAM) – Some 133 people were killed and another 395 missing in severe flooding that swept northeast North Korea.

The floods occurred around the Tumen River, which runs between North Korea and China.

Official figures said more than 35,500 houses, schools and public buildings were damaged, with 69 percent completely destroyed.

The government reported widespread inundation of 16,000 hectares of farmland which left nearly 140,000 people in urgent need of assistance.

According to a United Nations (UN) report issued by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the floods displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and critical infrastructure. North Korean media said it was the worst single case of downpour and high winds since 1945, though that claim could not be verified.

The UN agency said humanitarian agencies have released relief materials from their stockpiles inside North Korea, including food, shelter and kitchen kits, water purification and sanitation supplies, and emergency health supplies.

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