The number of people dead or missing in flooding in North Korea this month has doubled to at least 600, state news agency KCNA said Saturday citing figures from the country's central statistics bureau.
Previous estimates had put the casualty toll at around 300. Up to 900,000 people were affected by heavy rains and subsequent flooding, with at least 100,000 of those having lost their homes.
Up to 800 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of North Korea since August 7.
The heavy rains have caused considerable material damage across the country and are "creating unprecedented difficulties in people's living and economic construction."
Around 200,000 hectares of agricultural land have been flooded or washed away shortly before harvest time, while in many regions supplies of clean drinking water are unavailable, KCNA reported.
Streets and bridges as well as over 8,000 public buildings and 1,000 industrial or mining facilities have been damaged or destroyed.
Efforts to secure international aid for the country are ongoing. South Korean will in addition to already-agreed aid shipments of food and medical supplies in September send some 30 million euros (40 million dollars) worth of building materials and other supplies to its northern neighbour.
The isolated communist north of the Korean peninsula has for years been dependent on aid from outside.
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