Republic of Korea suffers worst drought in centuries

Republic of Korea suffers worst drought in centuries

Republic of Korea suffers worst drought in centuries

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jun, 2015 | 10:07 am

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is suffering the worst drought in 100 years, causing withering in more than 136,200 hectares of rice paddies, according to the country’s media report.

The drought started in 2014 and lasted until now. Unusually low precipitation and high temperature earlier this year has worsened the situation. “The drought started last year. Our country normally sees an average precipitation of 1,000 to 1,500 millimeters, but last year saw only about 450 millimeters of rainfall,” said a farmer.

Statistics show that about 30 percent of the planted rice paddies have seen withering. The worst-hit regions include South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae Province, South Pyongan Province and South Hamgyong, major agriculture provinces in the country.

“The drought is still severe this year with little rainfall these days. So the yield of agricultural products will be greatly influenced by how much precipitation we get,” he said.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry said agricultural yield in DPRK will reduce by 15 to 20 percent if the drought continues until July. July is the starting point of rainy season in DPRK. If enough rainfall comes during that period, the drought can be greatly relieved. Rains in recent days seem to have eased the drought. No severe drought can be seen in Pyongyang.

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