North Korea ravaged by ‘potentially catastrophic’ 40C heatwave that could kill MILLIONS and spark turmoil for Kim Jong-un
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC ) has warned of a “full-blown food security” as the unforgiving heat has devastated crops.
There has been no rainfall in the rogue state since early July while around 70% of its people are “food insecure" meaning they struggle to eat every day.
In the mid-90s the impoverished and isolated kingdom suffered a famine which killed three million starving people.
Now the IFRC is warning that the extreme heatwave, with average temperatures of 39C, could have "potentially catastrophic effects" on the state’s population of 25 million.
Around 25% of the North Korea’s children under the age of five are believed to be suffering from chronic malnutrition.
The organisation also said recent sanctions clamped on the nuclear state by western powers have crippled it economically.
Joseph Muyamboit, the IFRC’s programme manager in Pyongyang, said: "Previous serious dry spells have disrupted the food supply to a point where it has caused serious health problems and malnutrition across the country."
He added: “This is not yet classified as a drought, but rice, maize and other crops are already withering in the fields, with potentially catastrophic effects for the people…
"We cannot and must not let this situation become a full-blown food security crisis.”
The IFRC said it is assisting the national Red Cross to support 13,700 of the most troubled North Koreans.
They said emergency response teams have been deployed in two provinces along with 20 water pumps.
Last week, North Korea issued an "all-out battle" against the crop-destroying heatwave while referring to it as an "unprecedented natural disaster".
Despite the crisis, obese dictator Kim Jong-un was seen smiling this week during a visit to a catfish plant.
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