North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a western coastal area hit by Typhoon Bavi, which made landfall near Pyongyang on Thursday, and said the country was “lucky” to have suffered limited damage, state media reported Friday.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published images of the despot, who was not wearing a mask, examining rice fields and corn and bean crops in South Hwanghae province.
North Korea, which has also been stepping up efforts to combat the coronavirus, had referred to Typhoon Bavi as storm number 8, according to Reuters.
“He said that the scale of damage from Typhoon No. 8 is less than expected, adding that he had been very concerned and feels that it is fortunate to have that amount of damage,” the Korean Central News Agency reported, referring to the Kim’s comments. .
The strongman, believed to be in a coma, praised ruling party organizations and government officials for implementing measures that limited damage from the typhoon, according to KCNA.
He called for additional efforts to “minimize the damage to the agricultural field in particular and reduce the harvest by properly examining the damage to the crops and taking measures to improve their growth,” KCNA reported.
Trees were uprooted in the capital, including along Scientists Street in Mirae, one of the strongman’s most important developments. State media also published images showing a damaged building in Sariwon, to the south.
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