North Korea’s Kim Jong Un pledges thousands of new homes as part of storm recovery effort

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Kim Jong Un said new homes were now only built when the old ones were destroyed by natural disasters.

SEOUL:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to help typhoon-affected areas recover and build at least 25,000 homes over the next five years, state media said Wednesday.

While visiting one of North Korea’s worst-hit areas, Kim expressed regret for the homes over 50 years old that people live in and urged the military to embark on a more ambitious construction plan, KCNA said.

The visit came after Kim appeared to shed tears over the weekend as he thanked the citizens for their sacrifices, in the most vivid demonstration to date of how he relies on his’ man of the people ”to tackle the worsening crises in his country.

The army has reached a construction level of 60% for at least 2,300 houses in the Komdok region of South Hamgyong Province, northeast of the capital Pyongyang, state media reported.

Kim said new homes were now only built when old ones were destroyed by natural disasters, and called for a “revolution” in building plans, starting with the construction of 25,000 homes over the course of its five-year plan which was to be unveiled in January.

Kim last week called on his country to embark on an 80-day “battle for speed” – to achieve economic goals before a congress in January to decide on the new five-year plan.

North Korea has had a difficult year due to the impact of anti-coronavirus measures, international sanctions and several typhoons that have hit cities.

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