Typhoon Goni kills 40, affects 11,000 in N. Korea

August 26, 2015

Typhoon Goni covered parts of North Korea in torrential downpour resulting in 40 deaths and affecting 11,000 people the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said on Wednesday.

Additionally, the storm destroyed “153 houses” and 849 others were left “partially damaged” said IFRC spokesman Hler Gudjonsson.

“Although the typhoon did not make landfall in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) heavy rains accompanying the storm caused flash floods in Rason City over the weekend, killing 40 people and affecting more than 11,000 inhabitants,” he said according to Yonhap.

The IFRC dispatched a team of 80 members to help immediately with the natural disaster. Contributions included non-food aid such as tarps, tents, first aid among many other necessities.

Most of the damage was done over the weekend, but rains are continuing to sweep through the area.

Typhoon Goni follows one of North Korea’s worst droughts in over a century.

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