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North Korea Hires Officials to Mitigate Drought Impact


North Korea is hiring officials and servants to limit the effects of the drought on agriculture. State media reported this on Wednesday.


The country, which is burdened by international sanctions, has to deal with chronic food shortages.

Poor infrastructure, deforestation and decades of state mismanagement make North Korea particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.

Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party’s official newspaper, confirmed on Wednesday that officials and servants have “joined the fight in the drought-stricken areas”.

The drought is expected to continue through the week, according to the official KCNA news agency.

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