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Floods wreak havoc in North Korea

A torrent of water rushes through a mining complex in eastern North Korea. State news agency, KCNA, said that nearly 200 people were dead or missing after flood waters destroyed more than 800 homes and public buildings here. These still pictures show the extent of the damage in the complex in South Hamgyong Province. The country could lose as much as 13 percent of its grain harvest this year as a result of drought followed by widespread flooding, according to South Korean officials. The grim forecast follows a warning by an aid worker who visited the destitute North that it could be facing a return to the famine which killed an estimated 1 million North Koreans in the 1990s. Nearly a third of the country's 24 million people are classified as chronically poor according to the UN.

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