NORTH KOREA CATASTROPHE: Hundreds die in flash floods as madcap Kim pursues nuclear dream

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Kim Jong-un has displayed his nuclear ambitions as his people due in flash floodsREUTERS/ IFRC

Kim Jong-un has spread his nuclear ambitions as his people due in flash floods

Aid organisations say 138 child have been killed, 400 are missing and 100,000 have been make it with pretended homeless in North Hamgyong Province after heavy rain hit the region s rking a mass washout.

More than 30,000 digs have been damaged, submerged or completely destroyed, vital directions have been ruined and 104,000 North Koreans have no access to reliable drinking water.

But as his people suffer, Kim Jong-un has instead focused on atomic tests and satellite launches.

This week the despot supervised a excuse sediment test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, the latest in a rapid train of missile-related tests this year by the isolated state.

While the 32-year-old chief turned his back on flood-hit communities, Red Cross workers issued an universal appeal for help.

At least 140,000 people are in need of help and numerous than 1,000 volunteers have been sent out on search and set free missions.

The worst damage occurred in the counties of Hoeryong City, Musan County and Yonsa County, in the north of the mountains, near the Chinese border

Red Cross workers fear the death assessment will only get higher when winter arrives and branded the ball game “critical and complex”.

Red Cross workers are trying to help thousands of people in North Hamgyong ProvinceIFRC

Red Cross workers are trying to help thousands of being in North Hamgyong Province

138 people have been killed, 400 are missing and 100,000 have been made homeless in the floodsIFRC

138 people have been killed, 400 are young women and 100,000 have been made homeless in the floods

Kim Jong-un smiles as he continues with his nuclear testingREUTERS

Kim Jong-un smiles as he keep ons with his nuclear testing

The rainy season is not over and the typhoon pep up has just begun. This could be devastating for people in North Hamgyong Function

Joy Singhal

Joy Singhal, British Red Cross North Korea Country Supervisor, told Express.co.uk: “The death toll rising certainly is a huge hector.

“The need for permanent shelter for people that have lost their home bases is extremely urgent.

“With over 30,000 homes damaged or eradicated the Government has prioritised the rebuilding of 20,000 houses as early as possible in the presence of winter sets in.

30,000 homes have been damaged or destroyedIFRC

30,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed

Entire communities must be rebuiltIFRC

Unreserved communities must be rebuilt

The floods destroyed 27,000 hectares of arable landIFRC

The floods destroyed 27,000 hectares of arable acreage

“People cannot live in temporary shelters given the extreme suffer conditions from October onwards when temperatures reach sub-zero and fall headlong to -30 degrees or lower.

“This is a distressing time for the people of North Korea, as winter precipitate outs in; people must make sure they have enough eatables, fuel and other supplies to survive the harsh weather. We need to act quick to make sure supplies reach people on time. People also be obliged have safe shelter and access to clean water restored.”

The superabundances destroyed 27,000 hectares of arable land, with vital maize and rice crops inundated just weeks before they were due to be harvested.

Kim Jong-un has kept his distance from the tragedy and has stayed in Pyongyang REUTERS

Kim Jong-un has kept his se rate from the tragedy and has stayed in Pyongyang

A shocking 16 million people already suffer from malnutrition in North Korea – which is plundered by frequent famines – but the disaster means hundreds of thousands more could starve.

Stage media agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mean the army has been deployed to the worst-hit areas.

But Kim Jong-un has kept his dissociate from the northern region, despite 600,000 of his people being instantly or indirectly affected by the disaster.

Villagers join forces to re ir roads in North Hamyong provinceAFP GETTY

Villagers join forces to service roads in North Hamyong province

04,000 North Koreans have no access to safe drinking waterAFP GETTY

04,000 North Koreans from no access to safe drinking water

Instead he is holed up in Pyongyang as the in seventh heaven condemns his fifth nuclear test and steps up the pressure on North Korea to ban its ballistic missile and nuclear programme.

While the dictator builds up his nuclear arsenal, the Red Choleric fears the disaster could continue.

Mr Singhal said: “The rainy age is not over and the typhoon season has just begun in the region. Further outpourings could lead to additional landslides and roadblocks in flood affected tracts. This could be devastating for people in North Hamgyong Province.”

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