The Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea held an enlarged meeting at the office building of the WPK Central Committee on the morning of September 8 as regards the severe damage to the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province by Typhoon No. 9, a disaster that seriously affected several areas on the eastern coast and northern inland regions of the country, and discussed nationwide measures for reconstruction.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the WPK, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, presided over the meeting.
The meeting was attended by members of the WPK Central Military Commission, vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee, leading officials of major departments of the WPK Central Committee, members of the Cabinet, ministries and national agencies, commanding officers of the armed forces organs and members of the central headquarters for recovery from flood damage.
The Supreme Leader informed the participants in detail of the situation of the severely damaged Komdok area.
According to the preliminary data, more than 2 000 dwelling houses and tens of public buildings were destroyed or inundated, 60 000 metres of roads in 45 places washed away, 59 bridges collapsed, over 3 500 metres of railway roadbeds in 31 places and some 1 130 metres of rails in 2 places swept away at the Komdok Mining Complex, the Taehung Youth Hero Mine, the Ryongyang Mine and the Paekbawi Mine, drawing to the state of emergency of total paralysis of transport system. And the dam of the sedimentation reservoir of the Komdok Mining Complex was destroyed and lots of equipment were carried away, causing serious damage.
The Supreme Leader said that due to the unexpected typhoon damage we are faced with the situation in which we cannot help but change the direction of our struggle after comprehensively considering the year-end tasks that were under way with the nationwide efforts.
Noting that the restoration of the Komdok area at the earliest date possible is necessary for protecting the people and the state properties there and, at the same time, it is an urgent task that should be given top priority to reviving the important arteries of the national economy, the Supreme Leader stressed the need to take state emergency measures to make sure that new dwelling houses take shape and roads and railways are restored by October 10 and all the damages are undone 100 percent by the end of this year.
He said that the WPK Central Military Commission decided to entrust the reconstruction of the Komdok area to the People’s Army once again on the basis of the examination of the scale of damage and reconstruction in the area, adding only the People’s Army could form another front.
The WPK Central Military Commission set the formation of forces of the People’s Army units to be dispatched to the Komdok area, their mission in the rehabilitation campaign and measures for provision and movement of vehicles and construction equipment and for provision of building materials including cement and fuel and coordinated transport and others, and organized the Komdok area reconstruction commanding group.
Introducing with pride the achievements being made in 24-7 reconstruction campaign by the service personnel and builders dispatched to the fronts for recovery from natural disasters across the country, the Supreme Leader said with confidence that if this spirit goes on, the reconstruction campaign would be carried out with credit by October 10 as decided by the Party and a signal success would also be made in the Komdok area, splendidly adorning this year as the one of victory.
Expressing belief that all the service personnel who are involved in the campaign for recovery from typhoon damage in the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province would work with devotion for our great people, great Party and great State as befits the reliable revolutionary armed forces of the WPK and thus successfully complete their sacred combat mission before the 8th Congress of our glorious Party, he personally signed in an order of the WPK Central Military Commission related with the campaign for recovery from typhoon damage in the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province.
Saying that the ongoing campaign for recovery from typhoon damage is the one for defending the country and the people, he ardently appealed to certainly become honorable victors under the banner of the great tradition of the single-hearted unity and the army-people unity, how wild nature might be and how manifold challenges and trials may hold us back.