According to the Soeul-based news website, Daily NK, the Masikryeong Skiing Ground mega ski resort project in North Korea recently met with disaster. Heavy seasonal rains reportedly caused the collapse of a portion of the ski resort base construction site.
The UN is reporting that 2 weeks of heavy rain in North Korea has caused around 30 deaths, has left 46,000 people homeless, and has flooded 80% of Anju City in South Pyongyang province.
Part of the problem that caused the damage to the ski resort construction site appears to have been the removal the trees to create ski runs for the resort:
“According to the source, the damage was caused by the removal of trees from the slopes of the planned ski resort. However, it was also exacerbated by two further factors: ▲ that personnel dispatched from Pyongyang were only concerned with restoring the skiing ground; and ▲ that there was negligent disregard for flood control measures to ensure that water would flow in a controlled way.” – Daily DK
The supreme leader of North Korea has ordered the military to construct a mega ski resort within one year. This timeline will certainly be pushed back now. He likely wants the ski resort to be up and running smoothly for the South Korean winter games in 2018 so that he can show the world that North Korea, too has a vibrant ski industry.
“Analysts say the resort is being developed to help the North appear “strong and prosperous”, as South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.” – BBC