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Kim Jong Un pushes for swift flood recovery as economic pain grows

North Korea faces 'triple whammy' including typhoon and closed China border

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to quickly restore flood-devastated areas of the country, fearing that a slow disaster-recovery in a nation already battered by sanctions and border closure with China could fan public discontent.

Rainfall this summer has equaled 88% of the country's typical yearly total, the second-highest level in the past quarter century, according to the state Korean Central News Agency, causing widespread damage to farmland.

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