Severe drought endangers North Korea

North Korea is suffering a prolonged and widespread drought, state media says, raising fears it will worsen already dire food shortages in the impoverished communist country. If the unusually dry weather persists to the end of the month, it will be the driest May in 50 years in western coastal areas, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, warning: “The drought is expected to get more serious.” The Rodong Sinmun newspaper urged workers and government employees to help farmers in their struggles to ease crop damage from the long dry spell. “Severe drought is continuing throughout the country,” the daily said on its website in an article posted on Friday. “The fight against drought is a race against time. All sources of water must be developed and used efficiently.”