• In North Korea, Kim Jong-Il’s bluster would not deter the effects of flooding:

SEOUL (Reuters) – More than 800 North Koreans are dead or missing after major rain storms and flooding that damaged homes and farmland, a pro-North newspaper published in Japan reported from Pyongyang on Monday.

Three major storms drenched North Korea in July, washing away crops and raising the possibility of famine in a reclusive country that already battles chronic food shortages.

The Choson Sinbo said that as of July 17 that 549 people were killed, 295 went missing and 3,043 were injured in the storms.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said last Friday that flooding in the second week of July had killed 151 people and left 29 missing.

“Heavy rains fell in parts of (North Korea) between July 14 and 16 and caused major damage,” Choson Sinbo said in a report posted on its Web site (www.korea-np.co.jp).

The floods affected 28,747 families, 7,500 of which saw their homes destroyed, it said.

Full story here.

  • In Ethiopia, deadly flooding complicates an already troubled region:

Almost 200 people are reported to have died after a river burst its banks and floodwaters swept through the city of Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia. The local police commissioner said 39 of the dead were young children.

Officials said hundreds of homes were destroyed when the Dechatu river overflowed on Saturday night.

Full article here, with additional information at ReliefWeb.

  • In the Philippines, an angry volcano sounds off:

Philippine soldiers appealed to reluctant villagers to leave their homes and farms near a shuddering volcano on Tuesday, as more intense seismic activity raised the risk of a violent eruption.Disaster officials in the central province of Albay were trying to move 35,000 people from an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone on the southeast flank of Mount Mayon.

The most active of the country’s 22 volcanoes has been belching ash and lava since July, and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says Mayon could erupt at any time.

Full story here.