Floating down river
SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- The bodies of 11 North Koreans, victims of floods that have killed hundreds in the reclusive state, floated into the South on the Imjin River, which crosses the heavily armed border, South Korean officials said Tuesday.There may still be questions as to exactly how bad the recent flood in North Korea was. We can still say with certainty, that hell is still in session north of the 38th parallel. God help the North Korean people.
Destruction caused by floods are seen in Kangwon, North Korea, Sunday.
Floods in the impoverished North have destroyed thousands of buildings, left more than 300,000 people homeless and wiped out farmland in a country that battles chronic food shortages, international relief agencies said.
The bodies of six males and four females floated down the Imjin and were found last week by troops who watch over the river as it crosses into the South about 60 km (40 miles) northwest of Seoul, a Gyeonggi province fire official said.
An official from South Korea's Unification Ministry said separately that a body washed down from North Korea via a different river into Kangwon province.
"We have notified North Korea that we have found 11 bodies and that they will be handed over later on," the official said.
One or two bodies have been carried down the river in floods in recent years, but never as many as 10, the Gyeonggi official said.
The victims included two children about 4 or 5 years old and one teenager, said the official, who asked not to be named.
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