Typhoon-hit Area Inspected

Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, convened and guided the enlarged meeting of the Executive Policy Council of the Central Committee of the WPK for organizing the campaign for recovery from natural disasters in the areas of South and North Hamgyong provinces hit by Typhoon No. 9.

The meeting was attended by members of the Executive Policy Council of the Party Central Committee and leading officials of the Organizational Leadership Department, the Information and Publicity Department and other major departments of the Party Central Committee.

Also present there were Vice Marshal of the Korean People’s Army Pak Jong Chon, chief of the KPA General Staff, and other KPA commanding officers.

A vigorous campaign is now underway to remove the aftermath of floods and typhoons which recently hit several areas of the DPRK. Against this backdrop, some areas of South and North Hamgyong provinces suffered damage from heavy rain and strong wind caused by Typhoon No. 9 on September 3.

In this regard, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un immediately dispatched vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee to the afflicted areas to learn in detail about the damage to each field.

On September 5, he arrived in the typhoon-hit areas in South Hamgyong Province and received their detailed report of the situation on the spot.

Heavy rain and strong wind caused by Typhoon No. 9 destroyed over 1 000 dwelling houses along the coastline areas of the two provinces and not a few public buildings and farmlands were inundated.

The meeting had an in-depth discussion about the issue of recovery of the typhoon-hit areas in the two provinces and studied and decided on such detailed measures as formation of building forces to be urgently seconded to the areas, designing and transport of materials.

The Supreme Leader underscored the need to make the campaign for recovery from damage not just an economic and business work for removing the aftermath of natural disasters but an important political work and an occasion for consolidating the single-minded unity. He said that it would be good to make the Capital City positively aid the provinces so as to make the noble spiritual and moral virtues, whereby all members of society preferentially take care of those living in a difficult situation and overcome difficulties while sharing joy and sorrow with them all the time, a socialist practice of the country. Noting that it is natural for the Party members, especially those in the capital, to take the lead of others when the country undergoes difficulties and hardships and this would make a great contribution to further cementing the single-minded unity of our society, he said that the Party Central Committee would appeal to the core Party members in Pyongyang to organize capital Party member divisions and turn out in the recovery campaign.

He expressed his belief that the Party members in the capital city would play the vanguard role in the recovery campaign in the disaster-stricken areas true to the intention of the Party Central Committee and fully demonstrate the single-minded unity of our society, sharing weal and woe with Party members and workers in the local areas and that they would take a significant share in the sacred campaign ahead of the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK and the 8th Congress of the WPK.

Stressing that it is necessary to issue a general mobilization order to the transport sector this time, too, as during the recovery campaign in the northern part of the country several years ago and push ahead with the transport organization and control to ensure a sufficient supply of materials for rehabilitation, he took relevant measures after estimating the required amount of main materials.

Expressing his belief that the People’s Army would faithfully perform its mission and duty as the defender of the country and the architect of the people’s happiness, he issued the order of the WPK Central Military Commission on launching the campaign for recovering South and North Hamgyong provinces from damage.

The enlarged meeting of the Executive Policy Council dismissed Kim Song Il, chairman of the South Hamgyong Provincial Committee of the WPK, and replaced with a deputy-director of the Organizational Leadership Department of the WPK Central Committee.

After concluding the meeting, the Supreme Leader inspected the typhoon-hit areas in South Hamgyong Province.

He was accompanied by vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee, commanding officers of the People’s Army and leading officials of the major departments of the Central Committee of the Party.

Pointing out that as it was shown by the damage from the recent tidal wave, the safety on the overall coastlines of our country are in poor condition and sea dikes were not properly built, he stressed that this issue is also one of urgent affairs to be tackled as an important policy-oriented task.

He noted that, given the potential exposure to the wildness of nature, it is necessary to make a plan for moving residential districts near the beach to safe areas in the future after thoroughly examining and considering their safety.

He said that in order to build quality coastline structures of lasting value for protecting residential districts and farmland from the effect of tidal wave and typhoon, it is necessary to make studies and designs for building sea dikes and harbour breakwaters according to the standard construction methods, with the involvement in the work of scientific research units of marine and hydraulic engineering sectors and the institutes specializing in the designing of harbour and wharf breakwaters, and build them according to yearly plans by mobilizing the force of the country.

Learning about the growth of crops damaged by typhoon, he called for taking positive agro-technical measures for minimizing reduction in the yield.

He expressed his conviction that our Party and people would certainly make advance, winning great, fresh victory in single-minded unity, and our country would surely be more prosperous however wild the nature may be and how manifold difficulties we may face.


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