Different areas of country affected by drought, positive measures taken

Crops have been suffering damage since July 12 as fierce heat has persisted in most parts of the DPRK under the influence of a subtropical anticyclone from the northwest Pacific.

Precipitation until mid-July was 21.2mm on the national average, or 25.8 percent of that of the average and the second lowest rainfall after 1981 since the meteorological observation.

The daytime highest temperature soared to 35℃ on average and above 36.5℃ in some areas from July 20 in South Hwanghae Province, to cause drought to thousands of hectares of paddy and maize fields, stunt the growth of rice and dry up maize leaves.

The top temperature has risen up to 35.8℃ in Hoeryong in North Hamgyong Province since July 22 to turn maize leaves yellow and many maize and bean fields have suffered damage in the province.

In different counties, large areas of maize and bean fields have got dry to the depth of 5 to 20 centimetres, the soil humidity below it is only 30 to 50 percent and the area sustaining drought damage is on the increase due to the lingering heatwave.

The worst drought sufferers are loamy sand soil, weathered-gneiss and sand ballast fields and the edges of flatland fields.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Party, government and agricultural guidance organs of each province, city and county are taking urgent measures to concentrate manpower and means on preventing crop damage.