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N Korea floods death toll now reported to be at least 600

Published 26/08/2007

Floods that swept across North Korea earlier this month left at least 600 people dead or missing, the country's official news agency said - double the previously reported toll.

Citing North Korea's Central Statistics Bureau, the Korean Central News Agency reported that at least 600 people were dead or missing, and thousands more injured.

Earlier, international aid groups had put the toll at about 300 dead or missing.

KCNA said the heavy rains caused ``huge material losses'' to the country, ``creating unprecedented difficulties in people's living and economic construction''.

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