DPRK hit by Wipha-accompanied downpour

Report
from Korean Central News Agency
Published on 21 Sep 2007
Pyongyang, September 21 (KCNA) -- The downpour brought by the typhoon Wipha traveling from Shandong Peninsula of China to the north of the West Sea of Korea fell in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for consecutive days from September 18.

In particular, the amount of rainfalls in some areas in the western coast reaches nearly 50 percent of that in the period from August 7 to 14.

From 09:00 of September 18 to 15:00 of September 20 it rained 268mm in Pyongyang City, 368mm, 338mm, 314mm and 309mm in Jangyon, Unryul, Ryongyon and Sinchon Counties of South Hwanghae Province respectively, 335mm, 254mm, 231mm, 228mm and 226mm in Nampho City and Songchon, Yangdok, Maengsan and Onchon Counties of South Phyongan Province respectively and 308mm, 274mm, 235mm, 229mm and 226mm in Sariwon City and Hwangju, Singye, Sohung and Suan Counties of North Hwanghae Province respectively.

Heavy rains of over 230mm also fell in Chonnae and Pobdong Counties of Kangwon Province and Yodok County of South Hamgyong Province.

Nampho city, South Phyongan Province witnessed rainfalls of 87mm and 76mm respectively between 03:00 and 06:00 and between 21:00 and 24:00 on September 18, Unpha County of North Hwanghae Province 85mm between 06:00 to 09:00 on September 19 and Samchon County of South Hwanghae Province 76mm between 03:00 and 06:00 on the same day.

The rainstorms and strong winds are inflicting heavy losses to different sectors of the country.