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Historic cold could hamper N. Korea

food production


First time since 1945 that max daytime temperature has remained
below zero for nearly a month

 

 

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23 Jan 11 - North Korea’s state media said Saturday the harsh winter that has hit the peninsula could severely affect spring farming activities.

Citing data from the North’s meteorological research unit, the KCNA reported that "This is the first time since 1945 that the maximum daytime temperature has remained below zero for nearly a month."

On Jan. 16, the mercury dropped to 18.2 degrees below zero in Pyongyang and other parts of the country, some 5 to 10 degrees colder than in normal winters, it said.

Any effect of the cold on the spring farming season would come at a particularly inopportune time: the United Nations recently estimated that some 5 million North Koreans will face food shortages this year as the impoverished country continues to struggle with a lack of staple grains.

See entire article by Kim Young-jin:
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/01/113_80178.html
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link



 

 





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