Natural Disasters in North Korea
North Korea is greatly affected by natural disasters. One of the greatest natural disaster in this area was the:
Flooding in North Korea in August 2007 caused extensive damage and loss of life. The flooding affected most of the southern half of the country including the capital and some of its most productive agricultural regions. Aid officials feared the loss of crop land could seriously hinder the North's ability to feed its people, causing widespread famine.
On August 15, 2007 North Korea announced it had been hit extremely hard by floods after a solid week of torrential rains, and that it desperately needed assistance from the outside world. The previous year, the country also experienced massive flooding when torrential rains in July left hundreds if not thousands dead. The difference is this time Pyongyang reacted quickly to the disaster, requesting help while the waters were still high, rather than keeping silent as long as possible, as it has done in the past. Television footage from North Korea showed citizens in Pyongyang wading in knee- and waist-deep waters along the capital's grand boulevards. Government officials invited foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to venture out to the countryside to view first-hand the devastation wrought by the relentless rains. On August 27, North Korea said it had suspended its yearly showcase Arirang mass games. The performance will resume after the flood damage has been cleared away. By August 31, North Korea reported recovering from devastating floods thanks to vigorous work by its citizens and officials. Railway services had resumed with many sections of broken track restored. State media earlier said the summer storms left “hundreds” dead or missing, and other aid officials have said the death toll was at least 200. By August 25, 2007, citing North Korea's Central Statistics Bureau, the Korean Central News Agency reported at least 600 people were dead or missing and thousands were injured. The report was the first in North Korean media to specify a precise death toll from the disaster. By August 27, the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs officially stated the floods in North Korea have left at least 454 dead, 156 missing, and 4,351 injured and affected 436,000 residents in six provinces and 92 counties. They also reported 169,561 North Koreans became homeless, with some 40,463 homes completely destroyed, 67,056 partially destroyed, and 133,732 submerged.
There are no emergency numbers in North Korea, only local numbers.