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Attention Paid to Prevention of Damage from Abnormal Weather in DPRK

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) -- A great effort has been channeled into preventing damage from abnormal weather in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Such hydro-meteorological changes as sand storm, typhoon, torrential rain, tidal waves, El Nino and La Nina which are caused by weather changes from global warming and other geophysical factors give catastrophic effects to human bodies and property, socio-economic development and global environment.
    Ninety percent of natural disasters which took place on the globe from 1992 to 2001 were attributable to hydro-meteorological factors. They took lives of over 622,000 people, gave sufferings to over 200 million, devastated a vast acreage of arable land and caused various epidemic diseases.
    The tsunamis, which occurred in the Indian Ocean late last year, left some 300,000 dead (as of February 2, 2005) and caused economic loss worth tens of billions of U.S. dollars.
    The DPRK government has established a nationwide thorough system to promptly and correctly forecast abnormal weather phenomena for the purpose of minimizing the damage from natural disasters while increasing state investments in the hydro-meteorological sector.
    The entire people turn out in tree-planting and various projects including river improvement and reinforcement of dykes for controlling tidewater and facilities in the period of general mobilization for land management in spring and autumn.
    A system to control flood with the construction of barrages and a supervising system to prevent environmental pollution are available in the country.
    Especially, diversified activities have been conducted in the country according to the year's theme "weather, climate, water and sustainable development" on the occasion of the Day of World Meteorology (March 23).
    Public presentation of scientific papers, symposiums and short courses are being organized among specialists in the hydro-meteorological, environmental conservation and geophysical sectors. The achievements made in these fields are being introduced and put into practice in an extensive way.
    Hydro-meteorological scientists and technicians frequent primary and middle schools to explain to pupils the danger of disastrous weather phenomena and ways to prevent damage and build meteorological observatories there. Mass media give general knowledge of abnormal climatic phenomena to people.
    Jong Ryong U, vice director of the Central Weather Forecast Institute, Wednesday told KCNA that his institute would further strengthen cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization and its member nations in the activities to cope with possible danger in the fields of weather, climate and water in the 21st century.

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