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North Korea’s Kim pledges thousands of new homes in storm recovery effort

By: Reuters |

October 14, 2020 8:14:14 am


North Korean chief Kim Jong Un. (Korean Central News Company/Korea News Service through AP, File)

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un promised to assist typhoon-hit areas get well and to construct a minimum of 25,000 homes over the following 5 years, state media stated on Wednesday.

Visiting one of many worst-hit areas of North Korea, Kim expressed remorse over the greater than 50-year-old homes during which individuals have been dwelling and urged the army to embark on a extra bold building plan, KCNA stated.

The go to got here after Kim appeared to shed tears on the weekend as he thanked residents for his or her sacrifices, in essentially the most hanging demonstration but of how he’s counting on his “man-of-the-people” persona to sort out his nation’s deepening crises.

The army has reached a building degree of 60% for a minimum of 2,300 homes within the Komdok space in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang, the state media stated.

Kim stated new homes have been now solely constructed when the previous ones have been introduced down by pure disasters, and referred to as for a “revolution” in building plans, beginning with constructing 25,000 homes throughout his five-year plan set to be unveiled in January.

Final week, Kim referred to as on his nation to embark on an 80-day “pace battle” – to achieve financial targets earlier than a congress in January to determine the brand new five-year plan.

North Korea has had a troublesome yr due to the affect of anti-coronavirus measures, worldwide sanctions and several other typhoons that battered cities.

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