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After heavy wind and rain from two typhoons lashed the country’s east coast flooding undermined an apartment block with the resulting collapse burying 70 people. Radio Free Asia reports that North Korea is attempting to cover-up the apartment collapse in Wonsan as a way out of having to pay compensation to the survivors. A source speaking to Radio Free Asia, RFA, said: “On the 3rd, an apartment building in Wonsan collapsed due to typhoon number 9.
“Around 70 apartment residents were buried under the rubble.
“The casualties caused by the collapse of the building were reported to the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party through the provincial party committee, but the Central Committee only ordered that the provincial and municipal authorities take care of the families of those who died, with no other support for survivors.”
Lack of safety standards were to blame for the buildings collapse according to a North Korean source who told RFA of twisted windows, cracked walls, and other structural damage of aging apartment blocks.
The source added; “The authorities did not report to the public that the apartment building was destroyed by typhoon number 9.
“They only reported that some roads and farmland were flooded
“They are hiding the fact that more than 70 were killed or seriously injured is so they can cover up the incident to avoid having to pay compensation to the bereaved families.”
The reclusive state has been harried by continuous rain throughout July and August.
The rainfall this year has been one of the most severe records to date and has been linked to climate change.
The deluge lasted 49 days between June 10 and July 28.
It caused massive damage to poorly prepared North Korea.
Typhoon Bavi landed on August 27 and North Korean state media reported the country’s South Hamgyong Province had seen large scale destruction.
Over 2,000 homes and public buildings were destroyed in that region alone.
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Another typhoon, this one called Maysak made landfall on September 3.
It was this typhoon that hit the coastal city of Wonsan.
Wosan is an important port and home to 360,000 people.
Of the recent high unprecedented high rainfall the Korea Meteorological Administration, KMA, said: “Climate change in the arctic and Siberia led to pouring rain in East Asia, including South Korea, like a butterfly effect.”
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