28 May '12, 12pm

North Korea reports serious drought affecting food production, but help unlikely to come

NAMPHO, North Korea (AP) - North Korea is reporting a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages, but help is unlikely to come from the United States (US) and South Korea following Pyongyang's widely criticised rocket launch. North Korea has had little rain since April 27, with the country's western coastal areas particularly hard hit, according to a government weather agency in Pyongyang. The dry spell threatened to damage crops, officials said, as the country enters a critical planting season and as food supplies from the last harvest dwindle. In at least one area of South Phyongan Province where journalists from The Associated Press were allowed to visit, the sun-baked fields appeared parched and cracked, and farmers complained of extreme drought conditions. Deeply tanned men, and women in sun bonnets, worked over cabbages and corn seedlings. Farm...

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