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More than 1,000 displaced by northern Mexico rains
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico / Chihuahua (AFP) July 22, 2013


Heavy rain leaves eight dead or missing in N. Korea: state media
Seoul (AFP) July 22, 2013 - Torrential rain has caused severe damage in North Korea, killing five people and leaving more than 23,000 people homeless, state media reported Monday.

Heavy rain has swept the centre of the country and caused flood damage, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

Up to 413 mm (16.5 inches) battered Tongsin county over three days until late Sunday, it said, citing data from the weather service.

The floods left five people dead and three missing between July 17-20, it said.

"The floods destroyed or submerged more than 6,060 dwelling houses throughout the country ...leaving some 23,770 people homeless," the agency said.

Poor weather makes it harder for the communist state to feed its 24-million-strong population as it lacks advanced agricultural technology and infrastructure.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the city of Jimenez in northern Mexico after the heaviest rainfall in 25 years, officials said late Sunday.

Downpours around the city, located some 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of the border with Texas, have resulted in dangerously swollen rivers, Chihuahua state Governor Cesar Duarte told local media.

Duarte ordered the evacuation of areas most affected by the monsoon intensity rains that caused flash floods and left some residents stranded.

Heavy rainfall in recent days has affected large swaths of the state and on Friday forced the shutdown of the international airport in Chihuahua, the state capital.

Five airlines were forced to cancel flights, affecting some 1,200 passengers.

In the municipality of Rosales, in Chihuahua state, water rushing out of a burst dam destroyed a bridge and damaged 140 homes.

Separately, 49 prisoners at the local Camargo jail were moved to a prison in Chihuahua city because of damage to its adobe walls and roof from the rain, officials said.

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