N Korea on flood alert as heavy rain kills 16 in South

SEOUL (AFP/AP) – Days of heavy rain could cause flooding or landslides across North Korea, officials warned, as the South said 16 people had died in the downpours lashing the peninsula yesterday.

North Korea is particularly vulnerable to sustained heavy rain as many mountains and hills have long been stripped of vegetation, allowing water to flow downhill unchecked. But the South has also suffered, with authorities saying at least 16 people had been killed in the past few days by floods in the central region.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin