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Both Koreas suffering worst drought in a century

5:55 AM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has dispatched soldiers to water parched fields and South Korean officials are scrambling to protect endangered species as the worst dry spell in a century grips the Korean peninsula.

Weather officials in Pyongyang say parts of North Korea are experiencing the most severe drought since record keeping began nearly 105 years ago.

The protracted drought is heightening concerns about North Korea's ability to feed its people.

The United Nations says two-thirds of the country's 24 million people face chronic food shortages.

AP journalists visiting drought-hit areas in North Korea have seen female soldiers with yellow towels tied around their heads carrying buckets to help water the fields.

South Korean officials also reported Tuesday that areas have seen the worst drought in more than a century.

The Associated Press

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