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Typhoon leaves scores dead in North Korea

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Thousands of homes collapse, leaving more than 8,000 families homeless
  • The typhoon escalates food shortages in secretive North Korea

(CNN) -- A typhoon struck North Korea earlier this month, leaving scores of people dead and toppling homes and power lines, the nation's state media reported Wednesday.

Thousands of homes collapsed, leaving more than 8,000 families homeless, the official KCNA reported.

Electricity, water supply and traffic have been cut off in affected areas, leaving residents without food and medicine, state media said.

The typhoon also unleashed torrential rain and strong winds. Its effects further devastated the need in secretive North Korea, which has been gripped by food shortages.

State media did not say how many people were killed.