Continued heatwaves and minimal rainfall have led to significant loss of livestock in North Korea this summer. The worst affected are South and North Hamgyong provinces and North and South Hwanghae.
As of late July, more than 100 000 heads of livestock have died in the province of South Pyongan due to heatwaves.
A total of 90 000 chickens have died, the highest death rate of any animal. Meanwhile, another 7 000 pigs, 2 500 ducks, and 100 cows have perished due to the intense heat.1
According to Daily NK, many animals died in other provinces due to last month’s heatwaves, including South and North Hamgyong provinces and North and South Hwanghae provinces.
With pork prices in the country falling this month, an expert NK Daily spoke with said that markets might be selling meat from animals that perished in the heat.
1 More than 100,000 livestock perish amid continued heat waves in North Korea - Daily NK
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