North Korean authorities have issued a warning, advising civilians to prepare for “severe weather conditions” as icy cold waves sweep the Korean Peninsula.
According to the BBC, the northern areas’ temperatures are forecast to fall below – 30°C.
The coastal regions are also anticipated to see strong gusts, according to the North Korean state media.
The BBC reports that South Korea has also issued similar warnings and that record-low temperatures are also causing problems in several Northern Chinese regions.
Outside of Pyongyang, the country’s capital, electricity is scarce.
Households in the Northern provinces still burn wood and dried plants for heat, if local stories are to be believed.
NK News claims that the conditions in these areas are so terrible that the area’s impoverished residents only use plastic wrap to cover their doors and windows.
Radio Free Asia stated that “a considerable number” of people had vanished from the nation in December of last year, with many of them perhaps being frozen to death.
Additionally, North Korea has encountered food insecurity.
The country is experiencing its biggest food crisis since the 1990s famine, according to reports from the BBC.
The authoritarian nation experienced the “worst drought in over four decades,” according to information released in 2019.