While South Koreans set aside the month of May as a time to celebrate family by exchanging gifts and flowers with their loved ones, North is plagued with accidental deaths during this month. Every year, the month of May has seen the highest incidents of accidents and casualties throughout North Korea.
May is a time where all North Koreans are called to aid the farmers, thus “Aid the Farmers Month.” Resources are devoted to helping farmers in rice transplantation across the nation and transplanting crops of corn (transplanting crops to larger and more fertile beds.) With people and machinery running full gear during this month and with increased movement of people around the country by car, traffic accidents become particularly common occurrence. And with warm weather, forest fires across the country and drowning accidents are also more common in May.
According to our source in the People’s Security Ministry, the statistics show that traffic accidents alone account for over 50% of casualties. Drowning in lakes and oceans and forest fires occur second and third frequent over the nation. The source explains, "busy traffic due to the busy season of aiding farms across the nation is the major cause of frequent accidents in May."
Other than May, November is also a time designated as the “Accident Prevention Month.” During the month of November, a mid-year farming season in preparation for the winter months begins, and North Koreans get busy making Kim-chi. As activities in the distribution of cabbage and radish become busy, the month of November, like May, sees increased reports of traffic accidents throughout the country.
“North Korean authorities call for people’s aid in the agricultural districts particularly during the month of May and November, without setting any security guideline or precautions,” and “this supposedly reflects North Korea’s low standards as a backward nation,” added the source.
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