By Andrew Irumba
At least five people have been reported dead and three left with severe injuries after a typhoon hit North Korea on Saturday September 7, 2019.
According to reports, a powerful storm moved from South Korea to its northern neighbor on Saturday bringing winds of up to 122 mph, which is equal to a Category 3 hurricane.
The typhoon also damaged 46,200 hectares of farmland and has left more than 160,000 homes without power.
Prior to the storm, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un convened an emergency meeting to prepare for the disaster, saying that the country’s military would drive recovery efforts and that it would be an “enormous struggle,”
The agency reported that the authorities were giving primary attention to the protection of crops as well as dams and reservoirs.
The typhoon comes after Hurricane Dorian hit the Atlantic coast of the US and Canada earlier this month.
Dorian, which began as a Category 5 storm as it hit the Bahamas, had weakened to a category 1 by Thursday.
Earlier this week, Lingling brought downpours to parts of Luzon in the northern Philippines as it strengthened into a typhoon. However, the region was able to avoid any damaging winds or widespread flooding.
As AccuWeather predicted, Taiwan also avoided the most significant impacts from Lingling. The storm then swept through Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, with the Miyako Airport reported wind gusts to 168 km/h (105 mph) around noon on Thursday.