36 Dead as Floods, Storms Hit Korea

<i> Associated Press</i>

Floods triggered by four days of torrential rains had killed at least 36 people Saturday and forced tens of thousands from their homes in both North and South Korea.

South Korea’s national disaster headquarters warned of more flooding as Typhoon Janis approached the peninsula Saturday night.

Although weakening, it was expected to hit North Korea’s southwestern region--the country’s traditional breadbasket--and could worsen already acute food shortages there.

The North’s state-controlled media called the flooding a “cataclysm” and said that leader Kim Jong Il had sent clothes, bedding and other supplies to flood victims near the border with China.


In the South, hundreds were injured in accidents and landslides. A train derailment Friday killed one person and injured more than 170.