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2012-06-22. Drought returns to threaten North Korean food

posted Jul 5, 2012, 11:31 AM by Lisa Ou
| by Reuters, Moneycontrol. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Drought has returned to threaten precarious food supplies in North Korea…Wolfgang Jamann, the head of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, said he saw children using bottles and buckets to water crops by hand in the absence of large-scale irrigation systems in two southern provinces. "We were repeatedly confronted with the statement that we are in a drought, the most severe drought in 60 years," he told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, after getting back from an almost week-long visit to North Korea. "It's planting season now for the main crops - rice and cabbage and maize - and you can see in the entire country the planting has happened. But of course it is dry, and you don't know what's going to happen, whether these plants will survive the dry spell you have at the moment." North Korea's KCNA news agency said on Friday there had been hailstorms and heavy rain in some parts of the country in recent days but that most areas were suffering "a long spell" of drought…. Read more: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/wire-news/drought-returns-to-threaten-north-korean-food_721330.html