North Korea’s Kim siblings tour flood-hit towns

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inspected recovery efforts in a flooded village, damaged by recent typhoons. Along with Mr Kim, his sister reappeared in public for the first time in about two months.

Mr Kim praised reconstruction work in Kimhwa County in the country’s southeast during the visit with Kim Yo Jong, KCNA reported.

“This year has been one of unprecedentedly hardships.” he said of the storms and other natural disasters.

The younger Kim, considered the de facto second in command, is believed to be in her early 30s and is the leader’s only close relative with a public role in politics. She became prominent with her harsh rhetoric against South Korea.

Floods caused by summer storms hit North Korea hard, destroying thousands of homes and raising concerns of a worsening of the country’s chronic food shortages.

In recent weeks state media said Pyongyang had discovered “faults” in its efforts to battle COVID-19, and Kim offered a rare apology for North Korea’s killing a South Korean official in waters off the west coast of the peninsula.