The official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year, the lowest level since 1982.
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According to KCNA, if precipitation for the rest of May does not exceed 50% of the average annual precipitation, North Korea's January to May rainfall totals will be about 3 inches, the lowest amount ever recorded for that time period.
He argued that there are multiple limitations in estimating North Korea's food situation in the absence of official prices or those issued by an official organization due to the nature of the country's regime.
The report came after United Nations food agencies said in a joint assessment earlier this month that about 10 million people in North Korea were facing "severe food shortages" after the country had one of the worst harvests in a decade.
In a high-stakes summit in Vietnam in February, U.S. President Donald Trump rejected North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's call for an easing of the sanctions in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, a partial disarmament step.
It says the drought is expected to continue until the end of May.
Early seasonal drought in the North this year could exacerbate "hunger, malnutrition and health problems" for "thousands of children, pregnant and breastfeeding women" in North Korea, the International Federation of Red Cross said last week.