Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011 09:00 +0900 (JST)
North Korea's state-run media have reported that heavy rain which brought serious damage to South Korea also caused flooding in the North.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday that in Hwanghae Pukdo in the southern part of the country, more than 650 hectares of farmland was inundated, and roads and public facilities were destroyed.
Korean Central Television aired video of flood damage, which is said to have been shot between Tuesday and Friday.
In the video, which is believed to have been taken in the city of Kaesong, close to the border with South Korea, people were walking with umbrellas in water up to their knees and moving cars were splashing water.
Other video footage, said to have been taken in Hwanghae Pukdo, showed farmland covered with mud, a destroyed bridge, and a tilted and stalled bus on the road side.
North Korea reportedly suffered from a serious shortage of food last summer due to flooding in a wide area. This summer's flooding may cause a further shortage of food.