RFA: 1,533 N. Koreans Died of Natural Disasters Since 2007

Write : 2016-11-22 09:27:27 Update : 2016-11-25 13:42:34

RFA: 1,533 N. Koreans Died of Natural Disasters Since 2007

Radio Free Asia(RFA) reported on Tuesday that more than one-thousand-500 North Koreans have died of natural disasters over the past decade.

The U.S.-based media outlet cited recent statistics compiled by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium as saying that the North suffered a total of ten major natural disasters since 2007. The data showed that one-thousand-533 North Koreans died to due the disasters.

RFA said seven of the disasters were floods, adding that the floods in 2007 and this year killed 610 and 538 North Koreans, respectively.

The data also showed that 59 North Koreans in 2012 and 60 this year were killed by typhoons.

Choi Hyeon-jung, a researcher at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies, told RFA the massive food shortage in the North in the 1990s, which reportedly killed millions of people, were also caused by natural disasters.

Choi said if natural disasters again cause prompt food shortages, some North Koreans may choose to defect from the country.  

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