After a month of heavy rains and flooding, about 212,000 North Koreans are homeless and hundreds more are missing, the reclusive state said Saturday. North Korean media said 169 people were killed and 144 injured in a disaster that also claimed tens of thousands of residences. It’s another blow to the isolated country, which has refused to cooperate with the rest of the international community, often to the increased suffering of North Korean citizens. The floods have also reportedly damaged coal mines, which may further undermine the country’s trade and diplomatic position with the rest of the world, even as it struggles to recover from the damage.
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