Kim was surveying the damage caused by a typhoon which battered coastal regions of the country when he dismissed the chairman of the South Hamyong provincial party.
The country’s state-run TV network KRT carried footage of the dictator holding a meeting with officials and walking in the typhoon-hit area.
The communist dictator was reportedly touring coastal areas of the country devastated by a typhoon when he dismissed the chairman of the South Hamyong provincial party
Kim led an enlarged executive policy committee meeting on recovery efforts in typhoon-hit areas, focussing on detailed measures such as the organisation of building crews to be dispatched to the areas, designs and material transport, KCNA said.
Kim Jong-un has dismissed a communist party chief in North Korea as calls grow for officials to be “gravely punished” for failing to follow orders, according to reports.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said more than 1,000 houses were destroyed in the province, with reports farmland and public buildings had been inundated.
He added in the letter that the Party Central Committee decided to dispatch 12,000 party members from Pyongyang to typhoon-hit areas to help communities recover.
Kim also sent an open letter to party members in the capital Pyongyang noting the year had seen “uncommon difficulties due to the protracted worldwide public health crisis” and natural disasters.
North Korea’s ruling party had called for punishment of officials whose failure to follow orders resulted in “dozens of casualties” during typhoons, the country’s official party newspaper reported on Saturday.
North Korea has been putting “practical measures” to minimise damage from the 10th typhoon of the season by informing people of locations of shelters and typhoon paths as well as how to respond and behave, state media reported.
This year has been one of the wettest rainy seasons on record.
The Hermit Kingdom has been battling torrential rains, floods and typhoons, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic, in recent weeks.
In South Korea, at least two died and thousands were left without power.
Typhoon Maysak smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday.
On Monday, Typhoon Haishen is expected to hit South Korea’s southern tip according to the country’s Meteorological Administration.