SEOUL: The death toll from flooding in a North Korean outskirt area has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and thousands left homeless, the UN said.

Nearly 107,000 individuals have been compelled to escape their homes in the zone along the Tumen River, it said in an announcement got on Monday and citing Pyongyang government figures.

Individuals in the northeastern locale close to the outskirt with China and Russia are enduring “great hardship”, as indicated by North Korean state media.

A nationwide mass-mobilisation 200-day labour campaign intended to bolster the economy has been redirected to assist the flood victims.

More than 35,500 houses have been hit by floods, with 69 percent of them completely destroyed, and 8,700 public buildings have been damaged, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement dated Sunday.

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