Seoul: Floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency said on Saturday, sharply updating earlier casualty figures.

Floods and heavy rain between late June and the end of July also made 212,200 people homeless and washed away or inundated 65,280 hectares (161,200 acres) of cropland, it said.

More than 8,600 houses were destroyed and another 43,770 swamped, and more than 1,400 schools, hospitals and factories collapsed, the agency said.

Official media had previously reported 119 deaths, with 84,000 people made homeless and 45,370 hectares of farmland damaged.


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