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Heavy rains pound N. Korea, triggering worries about damage

Torrential rains are lashing North Korea, prompting authorities to take steps to minimize damage, state media said.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that the heavy rain is expected to continue in most of the country until Thursday.

It said authorities handling economic and agricultural affairs are taking measures to prevent damage.

Pedestrians brave the torrential rains, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Pyongyang. North Korea says torrential rains have lashed the country, prompting outside worries about possible big damages in the impoverished country. (AP PhotoCha Song Ho)

The places hit by heavy rain include North and South Hwanghae provinces, a major agricultural region, KCNA said.

State media haven't said whether there have been any casualties or property damage. The country often suffers heavy damage from summer rains due to poor drainage, deforestation and dilapidated infrastructure.

Any extensive damage from heavy rains this year could worsen the North’s already-serious economic troubles. North Korea is struggling to cope with U.S.-led economic sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic, which forced it to seal off its border with China, its biggest trading partner, in January.

Women walk with umbrellas during torrential rains, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Pyongyang. North Korea says torrential rains have lashed the country, prompting outside worries about possible big damages in the impoverished country. (AP PhotoCha Song Ho)

Women walk with umbrellas during torrential rains, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Pyongyang. North Korea says torrential rains have lashed the country, prompting outside worries about possible big damages in the impoverished country. (AP PhotoCha Song Ho)