N. Korea says ‘unprecedented’ heatwave causing heavy crop damage
North Korea on Thursday warned that an “unprecedented” heatwave has caused heavy damage to crops as it urged citizens to “join the struggle” to prevent drought-like conditions from worsening and hampering food production in the impoverished country.
The Korean peninsula has been gripped by a scorching heatwave in recent weeks, with dozens of deaths in the South blamed on soaring temperatures that have hit all-time highs.
The temperature in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang climbed to a record high of 37.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, with state TV warning that it was “taking a toll on the economy”.
It did not elaborate on the scale of the damage.