North Korea to punish officials for typhoon casualties

North Korea to punish officials for typhoon casualties”

Japan is bracing for the arrival of an extremely powerful typhoon in southwestern prefectures, with the weather agency urging maximum caution and planning under way Saturday for the suspension of public transportation as well as business and factory shutdowns. It had an atmospheric pressure of 925 hectopascals at its center, packing winds of up to 252 km per hour.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim on Saturday visited South Hamgyong province, which was hit by Typhoon Maysak last week.

The extremely powerful Typhoon Haishen, approaching the shores of Japan, could knockdown power cables, overturn moving trucks and potentially turn flying objects - such as umbrellas, wet towels and magazines - into unsafe weapons, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned Saturday.

If realized, the damage could leave a lasting impact on a region pummeled by the coronavirus.

Additionally, the WPK Central Committee will be sending elite party members to the two affected provinces - a 12,000-strong team to each - to manage the recovery campaign, specifically by mobilizing the youth and the military, Kim said in an open letter to the party, as quoted by the KCNA. If houses and facilities were deprived of air conditioning for a similar period this time, elderly people face the risk of heatstroke.

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Typhoon Haishen follows Typhoon Maysak, which smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday, leaving at least two dead and thousands temporarily without power.

One person was injured in each of Okinawa and Kagoshima due to the typhoon, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

South Korea also remained on alert over Haishen as heavy rains and strong winds are expected especially for the eastern coastal regions of Gyeongsang and Gangwon provinces.

Kim also called for party members, especially those in the capital, to "take the lead in aiding the provinces when the country undergoes difficulties and hardships would make a great contribution to the strengthening of the single-minded unity of our society", the KCNA said. Back then, he had told local officials that he feels fortunate that the damage by typhoon No. 8 was smaller than expected.

North Korea has punished local officials for failing to protect residents from a typhoon that caused a "serious incident" resulting in dozens of casualties, the newspaper of the ruling party reported Saturday.

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