In Sinuiju, a North Korean riverside town across
from the Chinese city of Dandong, flash floods submerged houses and
farms and paralyzed roads as the military was deployed to aid
survivors, according to
Storms, flooding and mudslides have lashed parts of
After heavy rains pelted the border region late Saturday with nearly a foot of precipitation, the Yalu overflowed. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il sent in air force and navy units to rescue residents of the northwestern city, KCNA said.
Photographs and video released by the agency showed a nearly submerged Sinuiju and surrounding villages as isolated residents awaited rescue by military helicopters.
Authorities built a dike around low-lying downtown Sinuiju, but in 1995 a similar dike was breached and the city was flooded, according to the Daily NK newspaper.
"As a result, the river swelled in a minute, leaving even Sinuiju City inundated. This paralyzed traffic and did damage to many objects," KCNA said. "The flood victims were at a loss on the rooftops of buildings and hills."
In a secretive society where news coverage of
internal events is severely limited, the prompt release of images
showing suffering citizens is
But South Korean officials said they had yet to decide whether to send any. Tensions have been high since a South Korean navy ship sank in March, killing 46 crewmen. A South Korean investigation blamed a North Korean torpedo; the North denies firing one.
On the Chinese side of the Yalu, known as the Amnok in
Chinese authorities said they evacuated 253,000 people in
By Saturday night, the water levels in Dandong rose to the highest level in a decade.———
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