North Korea issues alert for extreme weather
North Korean authorities have warned of extreme weather conditions in the country as a cold wave sweeps the Korean peninsula. The state radio broadcaster said that temperatures in North Korea are likely to dip below -30C in the northern regions, which are also the most impoverished part of the country. According to state media, Coastal areas are also expected to see high winds.
Also, South Korea has issued a cold wave warning and northern China has been experiencing record-low temperatures. While North Korea has been affected by extreme or adverse weather much like other places, the impact of this on its people is less known.
Ryanggang, North Hamgyong and South Hamgyong, the country’s poorest provinces and those expected to be most vulnerable to climate shocks, are all located in the north.
Radio Free Asia reported in December that “large numbers” of people in the country had gone missing late last year during another extremely cold spell – many are thought to have either starved or frozen to death, as the mercury dipped below freezing and food became scarce.