North Korean leader visits region hit by deadly flooding


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the north-east of the country to see reconstruction efforts after a typhoon that killed some 40 people in August, reports said Friday.

Kim was “relieved” after seeing how work was progressing in the city of Rason, near the Chinese and Russian borders, Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting North Korean state media.

Kim had earlier ordered flood recovery efforts to be completed by October 10, when his Korean Workers’ Party marks the 70th anniversary of its founding, the report said.

The report did not specify the date of Kim’s visit.

Rason suffered widespread damage when it was hit by Typhoon Goni in late August. Some 40 people were killed and over 1,400 families left homeless.

The storm also killed 14 people in the Philippines and injured 20 in Japan.