The flooding in North Korea last year, which came in parallel with the devastating floods across much of China and was described at the time by North Korean state media as “severe”, had only a minor impact on North Korea’s crops and infrastructure. That is the conclusion of a report from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Works, which mines publicly available information to produce unclassified reports.
North Korea: Assessing the Impact of Flooding on Agricultural Output was compiled in December, but surfaced this week (h/t to Secrecy News). The CIA’s analysts used comparisons with earlier floods to reach their conclusions. The 2010 flooding was far less damaging than that in 1996 and 2007, they say, as these tables show: