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'Hundreds dead in DPRK nuclear base collapse'

Published: October 31, 2017 18:29:06 | Updated: November 01, 2017 20:35:37


More than 200 people believed to be dead following collapse of a tunnel at North Korea’s nuclear test site after sixth atomic test in September.

The Reuters has published a report over the incident quoting Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi on Tuesday using unnamed sources familiar with the situation.

About 100 workers at the Punggye-ri nuclear site, located in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province of North korea, were affected by the initial collapse, which took place around September 10, the broadcaster said.

A second collapse during a rescue operation meant it was possible the death toll could have exceeded 200, it added.

Experts have said a series of tremors and landslides near the nuclear test base probably mean the country’s sixth and largest blast on September 3 has destabilised the region.

The Punggye-ri nuclear site may not be used for much longer to test nuclear weapons.

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