North Korea opens dam near South Korea without warning

SEOUL: North Korea has released water from a dam located near its border with South Korea without any warning.

This is raising fears of flooding in South Korea, especially on the back of the torrential rainstorms in recent days.

Although the military does not think North Korea’s aim is to flood the South, Pyongyang’s action goes against an agreement that the North must notify Seoul when it plans to open the floodgates.

South Korea’s defense ministry said it appears that North Korea started to gradually open the floodgates of Hwanggang dam at around 6am on Wednesday (Jul 6). This led to a sudden swell in the water level of Imjin River across the border, sparking the evacuation of South Korean residents living in the area.

This is not the first time that North Korea has discharged water from the dam without warning. Pyongyang did it in 2009 as well, killing six South Koreans who were camping…

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