Reuters echoes reports of a drought in North Korea by its state news agency:
North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in the reclusive country where almost one third of children under five are stunted due to malnourishment.
The North’s KCNA news agency said paddies around the country including the main rice farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces were drying up due to lack of rainfall. Paddies require enough water to keep rice plants partially submerged to grow.
The U.N. resident coordinator for North Korea, Ghulam Isaczai, last month warned of a looming crisis due to last year’s drought caused by the lowest rainfall in 30 years.
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