(Photo) A young man pans for gold in a mineral refinery. Photograph taken in October, 2008 in Haeju City, South Hwanghae Province by Shim Ui Chun (ASIAPRESS)

The discovery of large amounts of gold dust in a northern river is said to have triggered a sudden “gold rush”, with local authorities, farmers, and workers in a scramble for riches.

According to a reporting partner in Ryanggang Province, who spoke with ASIAPRESS on July 4, the discovery of gold dust was made during the building of a hydroelectric power plant in Dancheon City, South Hamgyong Province, when water was temporarily diverted from upstream areas for construction purposes.
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