SEOUL– Natural disasters killed 237 people in North Korea in 2018, marking the ninth-largest figure in the world during the period, a recent U.N. report showed Tuesday.

Of the total, 151 were killed in a flood in August that was reported as the ninth deadliest disaster last year, according to the 2018 Disaster Review by the U.N. Office for Disaster Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium.

Last year, Typhoon Soulik unleashed heavy downpours in North Korea. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies earlier said the rains left nearly 60,000 people displaced in the impoverished country.

The highest death toll from climate-related events was from Indonesia, which saw 4,535 people killed, accounting for nearly half of the total of 10,733 deaths from natural disasters worldwide in 2018. An earthquake and tsunami in September alone killed 3,400 people in the Southeast Asian country during the period, the report said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency