In this picture taken on September 5, 2020 and released from the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 6, 2020 shows top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (centre) speaking with party central committee for the disaster recovery about the damages made by Typhoon Maysak in South & North Hamgyong provinces. (STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)
PYONGYANG / SEOUL - Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), convened a meeting on Saturday to organize a recovery campaign in the country's typhoon-affected regions, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.
The KCNA said more than 1,000 dwelling houses were destroyed along the coastline areas of North and South Hamgyong provinces and "not a few public buildings and farmlands were inundated" because of Typhoon Maysak
The KCNA said more than 1,000 dwelling houses were destroyed along the coastline areas of North and South Hamgyong provinces and "not a few public buildings and farmlands were inundated" because of Typhoon Maysak.
At the enlarged meeting of the Executive Policy Council of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Kim said waging a post-disaster recovery campaign is an important political work and crucial to unity when the country undergoes difficulties and hardship.
He stressed the necessity to issue a general mobilization order to the transport field to ensure the sufficient supply of materials for rehabilitation.
During the meeting, Kim Song-il, chairman of the South Hamgyong Provincial Committee of the WPK, was dismissed, according to the KCNA.
After the meeting on Saturday, Kim arrived in the typhoon-hit areas in South Hamgyong Province for inspection and received a detailed report on the typhoon damage.
Typhoon Maysak hit the DPRK's eastern coast on Thursday with strong winds and heavy rain. Typhoon Haishen is expected to arrive at the Korean Peninsula late Monday.
DPRK’s ruling party has called for punishment of officials whose failure to follow orders results in “dozens of casualties” during typhoons, the country’s official party newspaper reported on Saturday.
Separately, Kim sent an open letter to party members in the capital noting that this year has witnessed “uncommon difficulties due to the protracted worldwide public health crisis” and natural disasters.
It added that the Party Central Committee decided to dispatch 12,000 party members from Pyongyang to the typhoon-hit areas to help communities recover.
The country has been grappling with torrential rains, floods and typhoons in one of the wettest rainy seasons on record.
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