Flooding threatens cities along N.Korea-China border

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 22, 2010 09:24

BEIJING — Flooding has forced the evacuation of 94,000 people in the North China port city of Dandong after heavy rains caused the Yalu river to breach its banks, state media said Sunday.

More rain was expected to arrive in the region, which borders North Korea, and threatened to trigger more flooding Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said torrential rain and water from the overflowing Yalu — or Amnok as it's known in Korean — swamped houses, public buildings and farmland in more than five villages near Sinuiju, the city opposite Dandong.

The report described Sinuiju and the surrounding area as having been "severely affected" by the flooding and said officials, the military and ordinary civilians were involved in rescue work. It said at least 5,150 people had been evacuated and residents were clambering on rooftops or taking shelter on hilltops.

Much of North Korea's trade with the world passes through the city, forming a vital lifeline for the isolated, economically struggling country. Flooding in previous years has destroyed crops and pushed North Korea deeper into poverty, increasing its dependence on international food aid.


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