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Cross border flooding kills six in South Korea

(14 October 2009)

Six people died in South Korea after North Korean officials unexpectedly released flood water from a dam on the Imjin river on 6 September. The Imjin orginates in North Korea but crosses the Demilitarised Zone to continue downstream into South Korea. The North Korean government expressed regret over the deaths saying it had been necessary to release the surging floodwater in order to avert a larger catastrophe. North Korea also pledged to provide warning before similar releases in the future. Although South Korea was unclear if the North Korean statement could be considered an apology, officials from both sides are meeting in Kaesong on 14 October to discuss cross-border flood control measures.

Sources: 'NKorea offers rare apology for releasing dam waters blamed for deaths of 6 South Koreans' Kwang-Tae Kim, Associated Press, 14 October 2009; 'Despite missile tests, North Korea agrees to talks with South' Choe Sang-Hun, International Herald Tribune, 14 October 2009; 'DPRK expresses regrets on dam release' Xinhua News Agency, 14 October 2009.