The bitter cold which overwhelmed East Asia has frozen Japan and Korean Peninsula. Sometimes the thermometer indicates less than -30c in some parts of Ryanggang Province in North Korea. Then how can the ordinary North Koreans survive the bitter cold? We talked with a resident in northern part of North Hamkyung Province through mobile phone on January 25. (KANG Ji-won, defector reporter, Rimjin-gang)
Q: What is the temperature there?
A: According to yesterday’s report, it was -22c.
Q: Do you work outside, even in that harsh cold weather?
A: We don’t care about the weather here. We are having a hard breaking the frozen feces that are used at farms.
*People mobilizing to glean composts in January and February to prepare for the spring farming in North Korea.