SEOUL: North Korea's ruling party is calling for the punishment of officials whose failure to follow orders resulted in "dozens of casualties" during typhoons that lashed the Korean peninsula this week, a state newspaper reported on Saturday (Sep 5).
The isolated country has been grappling with torrential rains, floods and typhoons in one of the wettest rainy seasons on record.
Rodong Sinmun, an official party newspaper, reported that officials in Wonsan, an eastern coastal city hit especially hard by Typhoon Maysak, and surrounding Kangwon Province did not implement instructions to secure buildings at risk and prepare for a potential evacuation of residents.
"Dozens of casualties have occurred … because of red tape and tricks among the city and provincial officials who did not accept the party's guidelines," the newspaper said.
The party held a meeting to review the officials' wrongdoings and seek strict legal punishment, the newspaper added.
On Wednesday, state television aired rare live reports of storm surge and torrential rains including from Wonsan, showing a damaged bridge, a flooded square and buildings and a van carrying loudspeakers to broadcast safety warnings.
The Rodong Sinmun separately reported activities to recover destroyed farms in the central county of Unpa, the country's breadbasket, while soldiers were seen repairing homes, bridges and river banks nationwide.
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