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North Korea flooding kills 40, affects thousands

Flooding triggered by heavy downpour has claimed lives of at least 40 people in North Korea, the International Federation of the Red Cross and North Korean media said.

More than 11,000 people have been affected by the floods, which hit the northeastern city of Rajin, near the border with Russia and China, on Saturday and Sunday, Reuters reported quoting Hler Gudjonsson, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Beijing.

About 155mm (6 inches) fell in just three hours on Saturday, North Korean media reported.

In early August, torrential rain in North Korea killed 21 people and affected 3,400, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Torrential rainfall between August 1 and 5 triggered flooding in South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong and North Hamgyong provinces.