It has emerged that heavy rain in North Korea killed 40 people, stranded thousands in flash floods and caused “massive” damage at the weekend.
Flooding hit the northeastern city of Rajin, near the border with Russia and China, according to reports from the Red Cross and North Korean media.
It was not clear what impact the rain would have in a country that said in June it was suffering from its worst drought in a century. South Korea said in July that some rain had fallen in the North, easing conditions.
Following the downpour, authorities in neighbouring China worked with North Korean border officials to evacuate 484 Chinese tourists, according to a Chinese news website.
They are said to have become stranded when part of the only road to the border was washed away.