Heavy rains pound N. Korea, triggering worries about damage

North Korea says torrential rains are lashing the country, prompting outside concern about possible heavy damage in the impoverished country

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that the heavy rain is expected to continue in most of the country until Thursday.

It said authorities handling economic and agricultural affairs are taking measures to prevent damage.

The places hit by heavy rain include North and South Hwanghae provinces, a major agricultural region, KCNA said.

State media haven't said whether there have been any casualties or property damage. The country often suffers heavy damage from summer rains due to poor drainage, deforestation and dilapidated infrastructure.